CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a drunken man killed after Ohio police officers dropped him off at a Taco Bell has sued authorities over his death.
The family of 22-year-old Uriel Juarez-Popoca (OOH'-ree-el WHA'-rez POH'-poh-cah) is accusing the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, several of its deputies and an Ohio state patrolman of discriminating against Juarez-Popoca based on his Mexican race.
The sheriff's office didn't respond to a request for comment. An attorney for the patrolman says the discrimination allegations are ludicrous and that the officers gave Juarez-Popoca "a major break" by letting him go.
Deputies found Uriel Juarez Popoca drunk in his truck July 28, 2012, and took him 5 miles away to a Taco Bell.
Soon after, he was killed by a car while walking along a nearby four-lane highway.