Will X. Walters lost his case against San Diego Police earlier in December.
Will X. Walters of the now infamous San Diego Pride loincloth case was found dead in his apartment Wednesday apparently having taken his own life, reports police.
Walters you may remember was arrested on a public nudity charge in 2011. He later unsuccessfully sued the San Diego Police Department (SDPD); the verdict being handed down by a federal jury on December 13, 2016.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports the decision shocked Walters.
Chris Morris, Walters’ attorney said he hadn’t heard from his client since the verdict and had been trying to reach him.
On Wednesday, police were called to Walters' apartment by a neighbor where he was found deceased.
Medical examiners have not figured out the exact time of death and the case is currently under investigation.
“Will Walters was a valiant warrior for his cause, and he will be missed by those who knew him and the community he fought for,” Morris told the Union Tribune on Thursday.
Walters came to the community forefront when he claimed police had violated his civil rights at the 2011 Pride parade when he refused to cover up at the behest of the police department who subsequently arrested him.
He claims San Diego police were discriminatory and treated him as a second-class citizen because of his sexual orientation, claiming they left him in a hot car on the day of his arrest.
The trial made headlines earlier this month after the 9TH U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Walters, allowing the case to go to trial. However the jury didn’t agree with Walters' assertions, and after eight hours of deliberation found the San Diego Police Department did not violate his rights.
His lawyers said Walters had accumulated about $1 million in legal fees.
San Diego activist and Human relations commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez told the Union Tribune, “He was a young activist and many of us thought he had a bright future in our community, and it’s a loss to our community.”
Suicide prevention resources: San Diego Access and Crisis Line, (888) 724-7240; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255; and the San Diego LGBT Community Center, (619) 692-2077, extension 208, or email [email protected].