$11 million notice of claim filed against City of Glendale

He was hospitalized for days, and his family says the Glendale Firefighters that were supposed to help him are the ones that left him battered and bruised.

They claim months later he's still feeling the effects.

On Monday, they announced the family of that man announced plans to take the City of Glendale to court over the actions of their firefighters, trying to get what they say is justice.

The family of James Murillo says he is bipolar, schizophrenic, and has multiple personality disorder that they say has gotten worse since he was punched by two Glendale firefighters last October.

Now they're seeking $11 million in damages, accusing the firefighters of wrongful conduct.

Cell phone video captured the moment James was punched by two Glendale Firefighters while they transported him after he suffered a seizure. The firefighters say he was combative and began hitting them. 

Murillo's parents and their attorney filed a notice of claim against the City of Glendale and the two firefighters involved. Seeking a settlement of 11 million dollars for emotional distress and pain and suffering.

"They were on top of him, just beating him up like he was a punching bag or something," said Raul Murillo, James' father.

"People don't deserve this, you call for help, not for them to come and make you even worse," said Maggie Rodriguez, James' mother.

"He's gonna need continuing treatment and at this point we don't know how long it's going to be, or how severe it's going to be," said David Lunn.

The incident was caught on camera and shows the firefighters punching 30-year-old James in October. Both firefighters were punished for their actions; 17-year-veteran Captain Sean Alford was suspended for two days without pay, and firefighter Danny Padilla a 10-year-veteran was suspended one day without pay. 

Last week Glendale Fire Chief Mark Burdick told FOX 10 he felt the punishment was appropriate since they both had stellar histories with the department.

"You've got good employees that ran into a bad situation, reacted, and again for me it wasn't something I would terminate them for," said Chief Mark Burdick.

The City of Glendale has 60 days to respond to the notice of claim. The fire department has setup new guidelines on how firefighters deal with combative patients.
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