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San Diego County seeks to overturn $85M verdict or have retrial in Lucky Phounsy case

Downtown San Diego federal building on Aug. 13, 2018.
Katie Schoolov
Downtown San Diego's Federal Office Building photographed on Aug. 13, 2018.

San Diego County is now seeking to overturn a verdict or get a new trial after the family of a man who died following a 2015 arrest in Santee was awarded $85 million by a jury.

The civil suit, filed against San Diego County, alleged excessive force, negligence and wrongful death in the arrest of 32-year-old Lucky Phounsy, who called 911 on April 13, 2015, after he began experiencing symptoms of a mental health crisis, including delusions that someone was going to harm him, his wife and their two young children.

Gregory Moran, who covers criminal justice and legal affairs for The San Diego Union-Tribune, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk about the trial, the next steps in the case and what this means for law enforcement accountability.