‘Justice for Isaias:’ Family of autistic man says L.A. deputies were warned of his disabilities before shooting

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Isaias Cervantes is seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Judy Mark)

Isaias Cervantes is seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Judy Mark)

When Isaias Cervantes spiraled into a mental health crisis last week, his family called 911. A sister and a therapist who works with Cervantes told the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who responded that the agitated 25-year-old had autism and was hard of hearing, according to another sister and a lawyer for the family.

Despite the alleged warnings, the encounter quickly escalated and ended minutes later when a deputy shot Cervantes, causing injuries that could leave him paralyzed .

“Knowing he may not walk, it’s just not right,” said a sister, Yajaira Cervantes. “I wish that they would be more trained officers that know how to deal with disabilities.”

She and a group of demonstrators gathered outside the Hall of Justice downtown on Monday afternoon, some carrying signs that said “Justice for Isaias.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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