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San Luis Obispo County Psychiatric Facility Sued

January 7th, 2019

The family of a mentally ill Atascadero man has filed a lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County's psychiatric health facility. The suit stems from a November 2017 incident in which 33-year-old Joseph Perez, was on a 72-hour involuntary hold. During that time, Surveillance video shows him getting aggressive with two psych techs, who at one point pinned him against a wall then releasing him. He returned, striking one of the techs and was taken to the ground. The suit claims the techs used excessive force and is seeking more than $25,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
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