Law enforcement authorities from California recently released harrowing footage that shows how a California man died after cops held him down for nearly 5 minutes.
The bodycam footage comes from California’s northern city called Alameda where authorities released the tragic video showed the minute-by-minute details of the event. Local media outlets confirmed how the footage was reportedly released on Tuesday during the later hours of the night.
Here, a man who hails from California can be seen being pinned down to the ground by police officers for more than 5 minutes as they tried to arrest him. But in the end, the forcefully tragic incident led to his death, confirmed media reports.
The victim from the brutal incident was identified as 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez who immediately stopped breathing after the police scuffle which reportedly took place on the 19th of April. The incident’s location was identified as a local park in the neighborhood.
On the other hand, a recent statement from the police officers showed how the victim had a serious medical emergency as officers began to pin him down and handcuff him.
However, his family completely disagrees with the report released by the officers.Instead, they hold the firm belief of how he was brutally killed when officers tried to use excessive force upon him.
The video was almost 1 hour long, with in-depth footage being taken from two different police officer’s body cameras, confirmed reports.
During the video, the officers can be heard and seen speaking to the victim at the park, right after they received calls from 911 sources about him being drunk or even disoriented. Gonzalez also appears confused in the video and has great difficulty in answering the officers’ questions.
When the victim fails to prove his identity to the officers, they go about adding excess force to try and pin him down as they push his hands together and start to handcuff him. The whole time, the victim tried his level best to resist the officers’ force, ultimately leading them to slam him towards the ground.
Meanwhile, the cops keep on asking him about his details, while adding, ‘we are going to take care of you ok,’ twice. They also add how he had too much to drink and hence request his body to stop resisting the arrest. In the same way, one of the cops even puts his knee upon his backside, as the victim tries to gasp for air.
And before you know it, he stops breathes, ultimately signaling his death.