California police are releasing bodycam footage of officers kneeling on the back of father, 26, who died
New bodycam footage shows California officers kneeling on the back of a panting 26-year-old father whose family died the same way George Floyd died.
Mario Gonzalez died on April 19 after Alameda police officers tried to restrain him while responding to multiple police calls.
His brother Gerardo Gonzalez called police actions “ unnecessary and unprofessional ” during a Tuesday press conference, after officials released nearly an hour of 911 calls and body cameras to which agents responded. KNTV reported.
Everything we saw in that video was unnecessary and unprofessional. The police killed my brother in the same way as George Floyd, ”he said.
Police said they were called to the 800 block of Oak Street around 10:45 a.m. that morning when a scuffle ensued and “ Mario had a medical emergency, ” the outlet reported.
Agents attempted to perform life-saving procedures and Gonzalez was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead after CCTV footage of the body revealed that he had lost his pulse on the spot.
Police said they do not know the cause of his alleged ‘medical emergency’ and the cause of his death remains unknown pending an autopsy.
The Gonzalez family said he was healthy and “had no medical conditions.”
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Mario Gonzalez, 26, died on April 19 after Alameda police officers tried to restrain him while responding to multiple police calls
Police said they were called to the 800 block of Oak Street around 10:45 a.m. that morning when a scuffle ensued and “ Mario had a medical emergency. ”
Cops were seen wrestling with Gonzalez on the ground as they put the weight of their knees on his back
You can hear Gonzalez gasping for air as he makes gagging noises during the video
Officers later decided to turn him on his side after realizing he was ‘unresponsive’
Agents then attempted life-saving procedures, including CPR, before being rushed to a local hospital after being noticed that he had no pulse
Three officers have been given paid time off while the sheriff’s and prosecutor’s office are investigating the incident, officials said.
Gonzalez’s mother Edith Gonzalez said her son is leaving his own 4-year-old son, KNTV reported.
‘My grandson, here, he asked me,’ Mami, mami, did my papi die? My papi died? My father passed away? Edith Gonzalez said at the press conference.
‘How can I say that? Did someone kill him? ‘
In one of the emergency calls, a man living in the house near where Gonzalez died told dispatchers that he “talked to himself.”
“There’s a man in my front yard who talks nicely to himself, not a mask. I went out and the dog barks at him and I went out and he doesn’t make any sense and I don’t know what to do, ‘the caller said.
“It looks like he’s adjusting, but he’s not doing anything wrong, he’s just scaring my wife.”
In a second phone call, another caller said, “There’s a man in the park with two Walgreens baskets with some alcohol bottles that look like he’s breaking security labels.”
The second caller said the man was “hanging out.”
Officer McKinley’s body cameras show him approaching Gonzalez, who was carrying the two Walgreens baskets.
When officers asked how he was feeling, Gonzalez said, “Well, I’m fine, I guess.”
Gonzalez is seen as incoherent against agents that “something has happened,” while agents are trying to get more information from him.
When the police asks him if he feels like hurting himself, he replies, “It’s not.”
The officer calls dispatchers to have another officer investigate “any outages” at the local Walgreens while Gonzalez continues talking.
Gonzalez leaves behind a 4-year-old son after he died in police custody in Alameda, California
A GoFundMe has since started for the Gonzalez family who wrote on the fundraiser, ‘Our fight for justice remains reaffirmed after what we’ve seen’
When Officer McKinley tells Gonzalez that he is “concerned about this open container” of alcohol, Gonzalez tries to screw the cap back on the bottle in the shopping basket. Another officer will then arrive on the scene.
Ultimately, McKinley seems to be raising his voice, telling Gonzalez to identify him and make sure he ‘doesn’t go drinking in any of our parks here’ so the police can be in their ‘merry way’.
‘Carousel?’ Gonzalez responds.
McKinley tells Gonzalez that if he can’t provide identification, agents should ‘take’ him.
Another officer then tries to convey to Gonzalez that they need his ID to include in their reports who they spoke to while answering the emergency calls.
When asked if Gonzalez lives in the city of Alameda, he replies, “I haven’t gotten a home yet.”
Officers then tell Gonzalez to keep his hands out of his pockets as he appears to be standing on tree trunks.
The two officers then grab his arms while one of them says to him, “Come here, we don’t want you to fall.”
The police then put his arms behind his back and told him to ‘just relax’.
“No, I didn’t do anything,” Gonzalez says, as officers tell him not to resist.
“Stop resisting us, don’t fight us,” says an officer.
Gonzalez responds again, “I haven’t done anything. Please stop.’
He is then brought to the ground as officers climb onto his back and press on it with their knees, video shows.
Cops continue to struggle to get his arms behind his back while he lies face down in the sand. An officer continues to use his knee to restrain Gonzalez while the police try to arrest him.
Gonzalez gasps and beeps several times during the video, as one officer orders the other to “hold him.”
‘I did not do it! I did not do it! Gonzales gasps.
It looks like after a few minutes the officer finally removed his knee from Gonzalez’s back. Gonzalez makes gagging noises when one of the officers asks the other to roll him onto his back.
“I don’t want to lose what I have,” the other officer responds.
One of the officers then says, “We have no weight on his chest” after wrestling with him on the ground for nearly five minutes.
Officers finally push him on his side when one of them tells the dispatchers that “he is no longer responding.”
More agents then appear to arrive when one of them orders “to begin CPR” and notes that he has “no pulse.”
A GoFundMe has since started for the Gonzalez family who wrote on the fundraiser, “Our fight for justice remains reaffirmed after what we’ve seen.”
“On the morning of April 19, the Alameda police killed our beloved Mario. Mario was only 26 years old when they killed him. He is leaving four-year-old little Mario who will now grow up without his father, ” reads the GoFundMe.
Mario was also a caring big brother to Efrain and Jerry. Mario was his mother’s main caregiver and Efrain who has autism. He had his whole life ahead of him and they robbed him of his family and community. ‘
The family is demanding that officials release the details and names of the agents involved as a “thorough and unbiased criminal investigation into the murder of Mario Gonzalez.”
Mario was not a violent person. Mario was nice, ”the family wrote. “He helped my mother take care of our brother. He wouldn’t hurt anyone. Our family needs answers. ‘