A man choked unconscious by an off-duty Los Angeles firefighter convicted of assault but never jailed will receive a $7.4-million settlement in connection with the attack, his attorney said.
A group of men held down Samuel Chang in 2015 as he was handing out Halloween candy near his grandmother’s home in Chatsworth. Video footage and court records show Eric Carpenter, a member of the L.A. Fire Department, restraining Chang in a chokehold. For six minutes, the young man gasped desperately for air before going limp.
The assailants performed CPR, but Chang, then 23, remained hospitalized for weeks, suffering kidney failure, severe head trauma and other injuries.