District Attorney’s office clears KCSO deputies’ use of force following man’s in-custody death


The Kern County District Attorney’s Office has ruled Kern County deputies’ actions were justified from a man’s death who died in their custody more than a year ago.

On Dec. 13, 2017, deputies responded to the 24000 block of Juniper Avenue after reports of a man threatening neighbors.

Deputies say Nicholas Lovett was under the influence of drugs and he was touching himself inappropriately.

The DA’s office now reveals Lovett was trying to break into his mother’s home, who had a restraining order against him.

Deptuies and a neighbor helped get Lovett to the ground, when the DA’s office says he stopped breathing and appeared to start having a seizure.

Medical aid was summoned, but Lovett died 20 minutes later.

The coroner’s office ruled Lovett’s death was an accident and the cause of death was methamphetamine intoxication.  

The DA’s office ruled use of force by deputies Todd Newell and Nicholas Evans was justified.

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