Newly-released police body cam video shows police kneeling on the back and shoulders of Mario Gonzalez for five minutes before he died on April 19 in Alameda, California (MORE VIDEO BELOW).
The cops tried to handcuff Gonzalez after he didn’t hand them any ID, even though California law says people do not have to provide identification to police unless they are driving.
Police claimed Gonzalez died at the hospital, however, the police video showed that he died on-site and after one officer said Gonzalez had “no pulse” shortly after officers began CPR.
The Alameda Police Department claimed in its original statement that there was a “scuffle” and “physical altercation” as the cops attempted to restrain him, followed by a “medical emergency.”
Gerardo Gonzalez, the brother of Mario Gonzalez, told KTVU how the “medical emergency” was actually the police killing him:
What I saw was different from what I was told. The medical emergency [that police described] was because they were on his back while he was lying on the ground. It was brought by the officers on top of his head.
Julia Sherwin, an expert in restraint asphyxiation who was a consultant to help prosecute former police officer Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd case, said police are trained to know that a protruding stomach impairs someone’s ability to breathe:
This would have felt like torture.
A spokeswoman for the city of Alameda identified the officers as James Fisher, Cameron Leahy and Eric McKinley.