The parents of Matthew Cline, who committed suicide July 17, have filed a claim against Huntington Beach, accusing the city of negligence in relation to Cline’s death.
Bill and Kathy Cline filed the claim Oct. 1, alleging negligence, civil rights violations and the parents’ loss of love and companionship in the death of their son.
According to Huntington Beach spokeswoman Laurie Frymire, the city has two years to issue a claim rejection from the date of loss. Frymire also said the claim “is being reviewed” by the city. The claim states the Clines intend to pursue the case in Orange County Superior Court if it is rejected.
The parents are seeking damages that include Matthew Cline’s “expected loss of future lost income, as well as his parents’ most severe emotional distress and loss of companionship.” Cline, 17 at the time of his death, was a football player and student at Liberty Christian School.
On July 16, Ana Gutierrez, a resident of Los Banos, contacted the Huntington Beach Police Department to report a post Cline made threatening suicide on a social media phone application called iFunny.
Police documents state that officers located two different Matthew Clines on Facebook and attempted to contact the Cline residence by telephone, but the Cline family said they received no calls. The HBPD had the Clines’ home address from a police database but did not send out an officer to the location. Twenty hours later, Cline shot and killed himself.
“We get calls all the time and we follow up on what we can follow up on, but we can’t follow up all the time,” HBPD spokesman Mitchell O’Brien said in September.
“We take threats of suicide very seriously … but it really comes down to, do we have a call for service and do we have a place to go? It’s a judgment call.”
By JEREMY BALAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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