A Hispanic man was killed at the hands of a California police officer who pinned him to the ground for more than five minutes, according to recently-released footage of the video.
via: The Daily Beast
Police in California’s Alameda County released horrifying bodycam footage on Tuesday that shows multiple officers pinning a 26-year-old dad to the ground for five minutes shortly before he died in a hospital. The footage from April 19 shows officers confronting Mario Gonzalez in a park before they pin him face-down in the dirt. Officers can be seen placing pressure on Gonzalez’s back and legs before he becomes unresponsive.
Alameda police said the officers tried to detain Gonzalez after responding to separate reports of a man under the influence and a possible theft. Then, according to the cops, a “physical altercation ensued” and Gonzalez suffered a “medical emergency.” Gonzalez’s brother Gerardo said at a press conference on Tuesday: “The police killed my brother in the same manner that they killed George Floyd.” Three cops have been placed on administrative leave. Gonzalez is survived by his 4-year-old son.
The fatal encounter is currently being investigated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and the district attorney’s office. Additionally, a former San Francisco city attorney was hired to lead an independent probe. Pending the results of both investigations, the three involved cops have been placed on administrative leave.