The police chief of Tucson, Arizona, suddenly resigned on Wednesday and released a video of a 27-year-old Latino man, Carlos Ingram Lopez, who was detained by the police two months ago. And die.
The videotape was filmed by the police’s in-vivo camera and was not released publicly until Wednesday, depicting an eerie episode on April 21. Before Lopez died, he was handcuffed and repeatedly begged Shui and his Nana, or grandmother, in English and Spanish.
Chief Chris Magnus said the officers did not impose restrictions on Lopez. However, he said that they violated the training guidelines and prone the victim in a prone position for about 12 minutes. Mr. Lopez suffered a cardiac arrest and died at the scene. While restrained, Mr. Lopez told the officer that he could not breathe.
The autopsy report stated that the cause of death was a combination of physical restraint and cardiac arrest, which involved cocaine poisoning. Chief Magnus said the three officers resigned last Thursday.
When the news of Mr. Lopez’s death was released, many Hispanics across the United States called for changes in the way police treat the community and echoed similar appeals by African Americans. In California last week, anger gradually surfaced The deputy officer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff killed an 18-year-old Latino student and security guard Andres Guardado. The Tucson incident occurred about a month before the killing of the black George Floyd police in Minneapolis, which triggered protests across the country.
Regina Romero, the mayor of Tucson, seemed a little swayed when he discussed Lopez’s death at a press conference on Wednesday. Speaking in Spanish, she expressed condolences to Mr. Lopez’s family and expressed her indignation at what happened in English.
Ms Romero said: “I am deeply confused and angry. Ms Romero was the first Hispanic to serve as mayor of a Hispanic city. “If they do not resign, these officials will be fired. “
Ryan Santa Cruz, a city council member, said the two officials who resigned were white and one was African American. The police chief identified them as Samuel Rutledge, Ryan Starbucks and Jonathan Jackson.
Chief Magnus’ proposal to resign seemed to surprise Ms. Romero, who was standing beside him. She said she will check the details of what happened before taking action.
The department is dealing with this issue and is currently rigorously reviewing it. It wasn’t until Tuesday that Ms Romero canceled the city council meeting after watching the video before the authorities disclosed details about Mr Lopez’s death.
Before the video was released, Chief Magnus publicly described the Tucson Police Force as one of the most advanced departments in the country. The country had previously banned apartheid and required military officers to participate in cultural awareness and crisis intervention training.
Chief Magnus said that the officers were responding to Mr. Lopez’s call for “disorderly action”. Lopez was not wearing clothes and seemed to behave abnormally when the officers arrived at the scene. On one occasion, an officer told Mr. Lopez that if he did not cooperate, he would be shocked by a stun gun.
Chief Magnus said at a news conference that he had asked the FBI. Review the plot, which is already under investigation within the department. He said that the staff concerned did not meet the standards established by the training because he described it as a mental health crisis involving “excitatory irritability”.
Over the years, many departments have trained personnel so that their people face down, the so-called “prone restraints”, because they are difficult to expand the chest cavity to attract air, so they are more likely to die suddenly due to positional suffocation.
This is especially true if they show signs of mental distress or stimulant drug poisoning, which is sometimes called excitatory irritability. Guidelines for this situation usually require officials to move people to their side or make them sit up as soon as possible.
Mr. Lopez’s autopsy report stated that he was confined to a prone position by a vomit mask, which was a mesh covering above his head. Officials tried to resurrect Mr. Lopez by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation and injected him with Narcan, a drug used to resurrect people who overdose opioids.
After the video was released, Tucson’s Latino leaders felt frustrated and miserable. Congresswoman Ms. Santa Cruz said that this episode emphasized that “we were killed disproportionately by the police”.
Ms. Santa Cruz emphasized how desperate Mr. Lopez was when she was restrained and called on Nana. She said: “In our culture, Nanas is the patriarch.” “He is calling his lifeline.”
Jennifer Valentino-Devries provided the report.