Family of Malibu Man Beaten While Leaving Fourth of July Party Sues L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Alleging Medical Indifference

Terry Taylor spends time with her husband, Stafford Taylor at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center on Nov. 16, 2018. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Terry Taylor spends time with her husband, Stafford Taylor at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center on Nov. 16, 2018. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Stafford Taylor was his usual self, vigorous and sharp-minded, when he left a friend’s party late on the Fourth of July.

But sometime after, the 64-year-old Malibu artist and master carpenter was attacked and left wandering Pacific Coast Highway. He didn’t receive medical attention for hours, his family says, because the sheriff’s deputies who picked him up left him at a day laborer’s center. Nearly half a year later, he is still suffering from brain damage and has difficulty speaking.

His family is convinced that deputies thought he was homeless.

The Taylor family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the Sheriff’s Department this fall, claiming they showed a “deliberate indifference to medical needs.”

Read the full story at LATimes.com

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