CNB News – Police in Alameda, Calif., have released footage from body cameras worn by officers who pinned a man to the ground before he died earlier this month.
Video shows officers with the Alameda Police Department confronting 26-year-old Mario Arenales Gonzalez and attempting to take him into custody. The department also released audio recordings of callers reporting of a man loitering and breaking store security tags off alcohol bottles in the area, according to The New York Times.
“He seems like he’s tweaking, but he’s not doing anything wrong,” one caller reportedly told dispatchers. “He’s just scaring my wife.”
Gonzalez eventually becomes unresponsive, and officers attempt to perform CPR.
“Officers attempted to detain the man, and a physical altercation ensued,” the department initially said in a statement describing the incident, adding that the man “had a medical emergency.”
Julia Sherwin, a lawyer representing Gonzalez’s family, called the initial report “misinformation,” according to the Times.
“His death was completely avoidable and unnecessary,” she said. “Drunk guy in a park doesn’t equal a capital sentence.”
Three police officers involved in the April 19 incident have been placed on administrative leave, the department said, adding that it is conducting an internal investigation.
For Gonzalez’s family, the video drew comparisons to the murder of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes.
“Alameda police officers murdered my brother,” Gerardo Gonzalez, Mario’s brother, said.