Children sue police for wrongful death of their father


The children of Tommy Yancy, Jr.,  overseen by their mother has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit.

They are suing the California Highway Patrol, Imperial County Sheriff’s Department and Imperial Police Department.

“They will no longer have a dad for the rest of their life and so they are bringing a case really seeking the loss of their love, companionship and as well as the economic support that they’ve now lost,” attorney David Fox said.

CHP pulled over Yancy in Imperial because he was missing front plates on his car.

A witness took this video surrounding the incident.


“Mr. Yancy was not being aggressive and two that the cops after releasing a canine on him beat him tazed him and as we know now ultimately broke his neck,” Fox said.

The incident happened on Mothers Day last year.

Fox says there is still no incident report from CHP which they’ve requested.

The coroner’s report says he died from agitated behavior due to marijuana intake.


“They also note in the Coroner’s report that he also hioyed bone fracture which is essentially a bone in your neck that was broken by the police officer,” Fox said.

The lawsuit is filed in federal court alleging civil rights violations and wrongful death.


“There was another case a few years ago with Imperial Police where it was another situation involving a person named Bubba Guiterrez.  He was unfortunately killed with an altercation with Imperial Police,” Fox said.

We called CHP who initially pulled Yancy over.  They weren’t available for comment.



About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

Related posts