A newly-released video shows police choking and using a Taser on Fermin Valenzuela inside a public laundromat in Anaheim, California, in 2016.
Valenzuela was peacefully doing his laundry when police arrested him on suspicion of using methamphetamine; Valenzuela had not harmed anyone.
KCBS reports that Officer Woojin Jun used a “carotid artery restraint” on Valenzuela, while Officer Daniel Wolfe used a Taser to electrocute the unarmed man.
Valenzuela lost consciousness, went into cardiac arrest and was later put into a medical coma at a hospital; he died eight days later.
A coroner said that Valenzuela was choked to death by the police, but the Orange County district attorney and the Anaheim Police Department claim that no excessive force was used when the officers killed Valenzuela.
According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anaheim Police Department has history of using excessive and deadly force, and has killed 33 people between 2003 and 2016, far more than most democratic countries around the world.