The household of a 26-year-old man who died final week after officers tried to restrain him stated physique digicam video reveals Alameda police had their weight on Mario Arenales Gonzalez’s head and again.
“Every little thing we noticed in that video was pointless and unprofessional,” brother Gerardo Gonzalez stated Tuesday throughout a press convention. “The police killed my brother in the identical method that they killed George Floyd.”
Alameda police have stated the occasions unfolded at 10:45 a.m. April 19 within the 800 block of Oak Avenue, the place officers had responded to separate studies of a person beneath the affect and a person concerned in a doable theft. The person was later recognized as Mario Gonzalez.
When officers tried to detain him, a scuffle ensued and Mario had a medical emergency, in accordance with police. Officers began lifesaving procedures, referred to as firefighters to the scene and Mario was taken to a hospital the place he died, police stated.
The household of a 26-year-old man who died final week after officers tried to restrain him stated physique digicam video reveals Alameda police had their weight on Mario Arenales Gonzalez’s head and again. Melissa Colorado studies.
“Preliminary info signifies that after the officers made contact with him, there was a scuffle as officers tried to position his arms behind his again,” the Alameda Police Division stated in an announcement. “Officers didn’t use any weapons throughout the scuffle with Mr. Gonzalez.”
The reason for demise stays unknown pending an post-mortem, in accordance with police. Police additionally have no idea the reason for the medical emergency Mario suffered.
“They mendacity to me, they are saying my son, he combating with the officers,” stated Edith Gonzalez, Mario’s mom. “I say, ‘No, come on! You guys made a mistake!'”
The three officers concerned within the case have been positioned on paid administrative go away, police stated, and video from their physique worn cameras has been turned over to sheriff’s workplace and district lawyer investigators.
The Gonzalez household gathered Tuesday outdoors the Alameda Police Division to demand – each in English and in Spanish – that the company launch the physique digicam video.
The household stated the physique digicam video reveals Mario complied with officers and answered all of their questions.
“The footage reveals officers on high of Mario whereas he was face down on the bottom,” Gerardo Gonzalez stated. “That they had their weight on his head and his again.”
The Metropolis of Alameda late Tuesday launched the body camera video.
Edith Gonzalez stated the video reveals Mario had grass and sand in his mouth after being pinned to the bottom. She stated when cops turned him on his again, his lips had been blue.
Mario leaves behind a 4-year-old son.
“My grandson, proper right here, he requested me, ‘Mami, mami, my papi handed away? My papi died? My papi died?'” Edith Gonzalez stated. “How can I say that? Any person kill him?”
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Workplace is investigating Mario’s demise. A spokesperson stated investigators spent the day interviewing officers and witnesses. They’re awaiting the post-mortem and toxicology outcomes.
Alameda PD’s policy manual permits using “ache compliance methods” for officers who’ve accomplished department-approved coaching. The coverage handbook additionally features a part on skilled officers in a position to make use of the controversial carotid management maintain when “seems essential to regulate an individual” in sure instances, together with if the particular person is “violent or bodily resisting.”
In June, an NBC Bay Area investigation showed most Bay Area law enforcement agencies did not allow officers to use the knee to neck restraint. The tactic drew worldwide protests following the demise of George Floyd, who was seen on video being restrained by an ex-Minneapolis officer’s knee to his neck.
Greater than a dozen California regulation enforcement companies stated final 12 months they’d cease utilizing the carotid maintain after Floyd’s demise.