You all know George Floyd. Floyd was a career criminal who died under the knee of a policeman on May 25, 2020. His COD was listed as “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” Although he had a lethal level of fentanyl in his blood when he died it was dismissed as a possible COD, as was his heart disease. One might be tempted to think George Floyd was the only person ever to die under the knee of a policeman (doing what he was trained to do) but one would be wrong. One might think that there were others who “couldn’t breathe” but one would be wrong.
In 2016 Dallas police knelt on the neck of Tony Timpa.
Disturbing police body camera footage released Wednesday shows a man being restrained by Dallas officers before his death and yelling, “You’re gonna kill me!”
The footage showing the August 2016 death of Tony Timpa in Dallas shows an officer pinning him to the ground with his hands cuffed behind him for nearly 14 minutes as the 32-year-old eventually becomes unresponsive. Officers are heard joking that Timpa had fallen asleep, with one yelling “five more minutes, mom!”
Timpa’s death in the parking lot of an adult video store came after he called 911, saying he was off his medication for schizophrenia and depression and needed help. Questions about what happened in the moments leading to his death have swirled as city officials argued against the release of the body camera footage, according to the Dallas Morning News, but a judge on Monday sided with news outlets who had sought to make the video public.
Timpa was unarmed and in handcuffs when the cops arrived. Not a career criminal, he was the one who called 911. COD was “sudden cardiac death” caused by “the toxic effects of cocaine and physiological stress associated with physical restraint.”
On March 31, 2020, in Pasadena CA a DUI suspect was taken into custody and refused a blood test for allegedly being fearful of needles. Police forced him to the ground and pinned down.
A California father’s harrowing final moments have emerged in harrowing police footage showing him scream ‘I can’t breathe’ while dying as he was held face-down on the ground so cops could extract a blood sample.
Edward Bronstein, 38, died on March 31, 2020, less than two months before George Floyd was killed by police in Minnesota, after an altercation during his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
He was pulled over for a DUI, but taken to a police station after refusing to give a blood sample, which his family says was due to a fear of needles. Bronstein began wailing with fear after being pinned to the ground face-down shortly afterwards, and died shortly afterwards, with efforts to revive him proving unsuccessful.
‘I’m not fighting at all,’ Bronstein says as an officer keeps his hand on his shoulder.
‘Then have a seat and provide you arm. This is your last opportunity,’ the patrolman said. ‘Otherwise you’re going to go face down on the map and we’re going to keep on going.’
Bronstein’s family said that he had a fear of needles.
Officers swarm Bronstein and pull his legs out from under him, causing him to squirm on the ground.
Five officers can be seen kneeling on him as he screams ‘I’ll do it willingly, I’ll do it willingly.’
‘Too late,’ the officer says. ‘We’re not even poking you yet. You need to relax.’
Then Bronstein says, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.’
Bronstein’s COD was listed as ‘acute methamphetamine intoxication during restraint by law enforcement.’
On April 19, 2021, Mario Gonzalez was in a park in Alameda, CA, allegedly inebriated, when someone called 911. The police arrived and knelt on him while he was face down.
Shocking body cam footage released on Tuesday shows how officers knelt on Gonzalez’s back while the suspect, pinned face down on the ground, can be heard gasping for a breath and wheezing throughout the video.
He died just a few minutes later and police reported afterward that Gonzalez died of a ‘medical emergency’. His official cause of death, however, remains unknown pending the outcome of an autopsy. Alameda Police say they tried to arrest Gonzalez after receiving multiple calls about a drunk man in the street with two shopping baskets in his hands.
The COD was listed as ‘“toxic effects of methamphetamine,” while the “physiologic stress” of the officers’ restraint “placed further stress” on his heart.’
In contrast to the Floyd COD, the COD’s for the above three all mention some pharmaceutical involvement.
After their deaths, no cities burned.
There were no riots.
There were no statues erected.
There were no parades.
There were no murals painted.
There were no “first Anniversary” Statements.
Apparently, Latin lives don’t matter, Jewish lives don’t matter, and Hispanic lives don’t matter. Something is different about them but I just can’t put my finger on it.