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LAPD cop ‘was beaten to death by colleagues in simulated mob attack training exercise,’ suit claims

The Los Angeles Police Department was facing a wrongful death lawsuit after a cop was “beaten to death” during a drill designed to “simulate a mob.”

Officer Houston Tipping was “repeatedly hit in the head so badly that he bled” during a training activity, according to a lawsuit filed by his mother, Shirley Huffman.

Tipping, 32, suffered multiple fractures to his neck and suffered a “catastrophic spinal cord injury” that caused his death, the lawsuit alleges. The five-year LAPD veteran also suffered multiple injuries that required stitches.

The department said Tipping was injured while “struggling” with another officer and called his death a “terrible accident.”

Tipping was buried last Wednesday at a funeral attended by the LAPD chief of police, department chiefs and the mayor of LA.

Huffman filed a complaint against the city Friday, just two days after Tipping’s funeral, for wrongful death, assault and violation of civil rights.

LAPD was hit with a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday after five-year veteran officer Houston Tipping was

LAPD was hit with a wrongful-death lawsuit Friday after five-year veteran officer Houston Tipping was “beaten to death” last month during training designed to “simulate a mob”

Officer Houston Tipping was

Officer Houston Tipping was “repeatedly hit in the head so badly that he bled” during the training activity. He was left with multiple fractures to his neck and suffered a “catastrophic spinal cord injury” that caused his death, the suit claims. LAPD officers are pictured with his coffin at his funeral last Wednesday

Huffman claims training that led to her son’s death “had already been questioned” before he was injured from injuries sustained by other officers.

Her attorney, Bradley Gage, said the allegations in the lawsuit against her are based on interviews with witnesses and individuals familiar with the situation.

LAPD, which declined to detail the nature of the exercise, told… The Los Angeles Times Officials are taking the ‘case seriously’.

The department has launched an investigation into the incident to determine if “any changes still need to be made” to prevent a future tragedy.

“It is tragic and we are all saddened by his loss,” LAPD spokeswoman Capt. Kelly Muniz told the paper on Friday.

Huffman’s lawsuit calls for unspecified financial compensation and punitive damages from the city.

The grieving mother also wants the city to keep all evidence in the case, including “videos of the entire exercise and actions against Officer Tipping.”

DailyMail.com has asked for comment from both Huffman’s attorney and the LAPD.

LAPD officials allege Tipping fell to the ground while training at the department's Elysian Park Academy on May 26

LAPD officials allege Tipping fell to the ground while training at the department’s Elysian Park Academy on May 26

The department said Tipping (left) was injured while

The department said Tipping (left) was injured while “struggling” with another officer and referred to his death as a “terrible accident”

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders stand at attention as the family of LAPD officer Houston Tipping arrives at his memorial service on Wednesday

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders stand at attention as the family of LAPD officer Houston Tipping arrives at his memorial service on Wednesday

LAPD officials allege Tipping fell to the ground on May 26 while training at the department’s Elysian Park Academy.

Officers immediately began CPR, contacted the Los Angeles Fire Department and Tipping was transported to USC Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries three days later.

His family, colleagues and loved ones attended a funeral in honor of his life on Wednesday.

At the funeral, LAPD chief Michel Moore knelt in front of Tipping’s parents and handed them an American flag.

The chef called Tipping impressive to his colleagues, saying he had “a willingness to go the extra mile to make the world a better place.”

Huffman, referring to Moore’s comments in her lawsuit, claimed that despite the praise, it “wasn’t enough to stop other officers from paralyzing him and eventually killing him in violation of the law and his civil rights.”

Tipping was patrolling near Devonshire and “loved serving as a police officer,” according to the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which said he will be remembered “because he loved and made people laugh.”

He was also an organ donor, Moore revealed last month, and his “selflessness” was used to “save other lives.”

Tip is survived by his parents, Richard and Shirley; his stepfather Bob; siblings Kat and Tyler; and his girlfriend Britney.

Tipping, right, patrolled the Devonshire neighborhood of the City of Angels and was a cycling instructor who reportedly 'loved serving as a police officer'

Tipping, right, patrolled the Devonshire neighborhood of the City of Angels and was a cycling instructor who reportedly ‘loved serving as a police officer’

Tipping is survived by his girlfriend, Britney (pictured), as well as his parents Richard and Shirley;  his stepfather Bob;  and siblings Kat and Tyler

Tip is survived by his girlfriend, Britney (pictured), as well as his parents Richard and Shirley; his stepfather Bob; and siblings Kat and Tyler

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