Now 65-years-old, Northern California man Gregory Gross is presently paralyzed due to mistreatment and negligence by both police officers and medical staff. After being arrested for a 1mph DUI that caused no damage or injuries in April 2020, police claimed to have used “pain compliance” against the man in order to get him to cooperate. 
As explained by Mercury News, Gross sued Rideout Memorial Hospital, the University of California, Davis, Medical Center, and a number of other individual medical workers in August.
The new lawsuit claims that Yuba City Police Officer Joshua Jackson broke Gross’ neck. It also names officers Scott Hansen and Nathan Livingston, as well as Yuba City. Hansen assisted Jackson in his repeated uses of force against Gross, and Livingston failed to intervene. Jackson has not been employed by the police department since February 2021.
According to The Sacramento Bee, Gross was a 64-year-old truck driver from Yuba City when police arrested him. Gross was ultimately arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, as well as other misdemeanor vehicle violations. 
While he was being brought in for arrest, Gross was escorted to Rideout Memorial Hospital. By the time Gross was checked into the hospital, he had already suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left him permanently paralyzed.
Apparently this paralysis was caused by police action. One of the officers, Jackson, swept Gross’ legs out from under him when he was handcuffed. This led to Gross’ face hitting the ground, face-first, breaking his nose, breaking one neck vertebrae, tearing ligaments in his neck, and causing spinal cord damage and bleeding.
Based on police body camera footage, it appears that Gross never received warning that police were going to use force. He also wasn’t resisting. Police explained that they were using pain compliance. 
Timothy T. Williams Jr, a police tactics expert, explains that pain compliance, like using a wrist lock, is common for those who are resisting. However, Gross was already in handcuffs and being escorted to a patrol car.
Williams goes further, “From what I observed, there was no need for pain compliance. There was no need to drive him to the ground.” Williams also explains that there was risk of removing Gross’ shoulder from its socket, when an officer twisted and suddenly raised his handcuffed arms.
Additionally, regarding the police ignoring Gross’ complaints about not feeling his limbs, Williams says, “You don’t make that assumption. You’re not a doctor, you don’t know what the person is going through.”
Officers in the video are also seen berating Gross and telling him to “act like a man” despite several claims that he couldn’t feel his limbs. It also sounds like an officer lies to a medical worker, denying that Gross face planted and saying he was assisted to the ground. 
Video also shows Gross being brought into the hospital emergency department in a wheelchair at approximately 2:45 p.m. While in the hospital, Gross told medical staff that he couldn’t feel his limbs. However, he wasn’t diagnosed with quadriplegia until much later, 10:49 p.m.
Before this, Gross was “flopped” onto the hospital bed and medical workers ignored him when he said he couldn’t move. He ultimately required two surgeries to fuse his spine. No steps were taken to protect Gross’ neck or spinal cord from more injury, though police officers had a duty to do so, according to the lawsuit.
In a recent check in with Gross, he claims, “I’m in this hospital bed in the living room here and I can’t do anything. My hands don’t work, and that’s another thing, too. I can’t write, I can’t open my hands to grab anything because the injury caused paralysis in my fingers.”
“It’s not the way I envisioned my later years in life, you know.”
Gross’ attorney, Moseley Collins, claims that the lawsuits are “about the police brutality that destroyed his life,” as well as getting money to pay for the care he’ll need for the rest of his life. “Greg doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Collins says.
Gross will also be facing a jury trial in Sutter County in March, based on charges of misdemeanor DUI, hit-and-run, and resisting arrest.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.