Coroner: Man who died was high on PCP

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – Riverside County coroner’s officials say a man beaten in a videotaped struggle with deputies died of the combined effects of heart disease, acute PCP intoxication and the stress of the fight.

The Press-Enterprise reports ( the coroner’s final report about the case was released Tuesday, two months after the Oct. 11 death of 41-year-old Raymond Johnson.

Johnson died about an hour after he was pepper-sprayed, Tasered, beaten with batons and repeatedly kicked when he refused to get out of his car at a Burger King restaurant in Moreno Valley.

Deputies were summoned after Johnson was seen violently kicking his legs while seated in the car, which was blocking the drive-thru.

His family has filed a $30 million claim against the county, alleging that deputies used excessive force.

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