By: Alyssa Wilson
In Alameda, California, police have released body camera footage from a police encounter that left a man dead on April 23.
Monday morning, Mario Gonzalez tragically died while in police custody. This was a terrible loss of life and we understand and share the public’s need for more information.
The Alameda Police Department is committed to full transparency and accountability, releasing the (1/3)
— AlamedaPD (@AlamedaPD) April 24, 2021
According to CBS News, Mario Arenales Gonzalez became unresponsive after he was pinned to the ground by officers for more than five minutes. The video was released by the City of Alameda and posted on YouTube.
In the initial press release, the Alameda Police Department said officers attempted to detain the 26-year-old before a “physical altercation ensued,” and Gonzalez “had a medical emergency.” Officers attempted to detain him over reports of a man who “appeared to be under the influence,” and he was a suspect in a possible theft.
In the video, Gonzalez can be seen struggling and kicking. One officer suggested rolling him on his side, but another officer replied, “I don’t want to lose what I got, man.”
Officers started CPR and chest compressions when Mario became unresponsive, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital. High school students marched from the Oscar Grant Plaza at the Fruitvale BART station to the Alameda Police Department to protest Gonzalez’s death.
This incident, which took place one day before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty, is being compared to the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes and he was found guilty of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder.