The Northern California metropolis of Alameda on Tuesday launched physique digital camera footage displaying police pinning Mario Gonzalez to the bottom for greater than 5 minutes earlier than the 26-year-old died in custody.
The footage was launched following a rising outcry from members of the family the residents within the metropolis. Members of the family had accused police of murdering Gonzalez and mendacity about it. In a information launch final week, Alameda police stated there was a scuffle on April 19 as officers tried to place his palms behind his head, and that Gonzalez had a “medical emergency.”
The town stated it’s “dedicated to full transparency and accountability within the aftermath of Mr. Gonzalez’s loss of life.”
The loss of life is beneath investigation by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Division, the county district lawyer’s workplace and a former San Francisco metropolis lawyer employed by the town to steer an unbiased probe.
Members of the family have questioned the police account.
“What I noticed was totally different from what I used to be advised,” his brother, Gerardo Gonzalez advised FOX 2 of the San Francisco Bay Space. “The medical emergency [that police described] was as a result of they had been on his again whereas he was mendacity on the bottom. It was introduced by the officers on high of his head.”
Gonzalez died on April 19, a day earlier than former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.
Within the practically hour-long video from two officers’ physique cameras, an officer was seen approaching Gonzalez at a park after police stated they responded to 2 separate stories of an intoxicated particular person suspected of theft. Upon arrival, an officer questions Gonzalez — who appeared to have two bottles of alcohol with him.
“You provide you with a plan, let me know you’re not going to be ingesting in our parks over right here. After which we may be on our merry means,” one officer says.
Gonzalez appeared incoherent and replied, “Merry-go-round?”
Officers requested him to provide his identify and identification, in line with the footage. After Gonzalez fails to provide any identification, one officer tells him to “please put your hand behind your again … please cease resisting us.”
The officers ultimately push Gonzalez to the bottom face down on some wooden chips whereas they restrain him, the video appeared to point out.
“We’re going to deal with you, OK, we’re going to deal with you,” an officer says.
At one level, an officer seems to place an elbow on his neck and a knee on his shoulder. One officer additionally seems to place a knee on his again earlier than leaving it there for about 4 minutes as a seemingly out-of-breath Gonzalez says, “I did not do nothing, OK?”
When an officer asks if they need to roll him on his aspect, one other replies, “I don’t wish to lose what I bought,” the video exhibits.
“Now we have no weight on his chest, nothing,” one officer famous. After trying to regulate his place, one other says, “No, no, no. No weight, no weight, no weight.”
Quickly after, Gonzalez seems to lose consciousness, the video exhibits.
The officers then roll him over and carry out CPR. He was later pronounced useless at a hospital.
The Alameda Police Division, in an announcement final week, stated three officers concerned within the incident are on paid administrative depart, FOX 2 reported.
The Related Press contributed to this report