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Drunk Hispanic man left at Taco Bell by cops, he’s killed walking home
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Drunk Hispanic man left at Taco Bell by cops, he’s killed walking home

Drunk Hispanic man left at Taco Bell by cops, he’s killed walking home

Drunk Hispanic man left at Taco Bell by cops, he’s killed walking home

The 22-year-old was taken into custody after he was found on the side of the road in his car.

Police picked him up and drove him to the restaurant some five miles away.

Then they did something astounding, they left him there.

That’s when Uriel Juarez-Popoca tried to walk home and was killed when he was hit by a car.

Attorneys call it a "perverse joke" having to do with Juarez-Popoca being Mexican.

Reports in the Columbus Dispatch say officers were caught on tape making fun of the man not speaking good English and suggesting someone at Taco Bell might have a better chance of understanding him.

The family is suing several Ohio officers, a highway patrolman and the Delaware County Sheriff's office.

"This stands out as a truly outrageous failure by local law enforcement to do their basic duty of holding people safely," attorney Al Gerhardstein told the AP .

A lawyer for one of the accused argues the man should have been grateful for a "major break" when he wasn’t taken to jail.

Others officers say they believed Juarez-Popoca would call for a ride once he was left at Taco Bell.

The incident has already cost two deputies their jobs over "lack of maturity and professionalism."

The patrolman was fired as well but won his job back with an appeal.

Juarez-Popoca’s legal status in the US is not known at this time.

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