Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus offered to resign in a press briefing Wednesday where he released bodycam video of Carlos Ingram-Lopez’s death while in police custody
Ingram-Lopez, 27, died on April 21 after he was pinned to the ground for more than 12 minutes by three cops during his arrest at his grandmother’s home
In the 25-minute bodycam footage the handcuffed man s heard begging for water as the officers immobilized him on the floor
At one point he says ‘I can’t breathe’ – the same words uttered by George Floyd who was ‘murdered’ in Minneapolis last month
The cops keep telling him to ‘relax’ and at one point one of the officers threatens to taser him: ‘You’re going to get shocked dude, you’re going to get zapped’
Around 12 minutes into the video, the cops realize he is unresponsive
The three cops involved in his arrest have already resigned from the force
Officers Jonathan Jackson, Samuel Routledge and Ryan Starbuck, resigned from TPD last week, as the death of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez while in police custody attracted scrutiny
The medical examiner said his cause of death was a ‘sudden cardiac arrest’ and that he had ‘acute cocaine intoxication and an enlarged heart’
Around eight minutes into the video, the officers cover his naked body with a blanket.
The cops keep telling him to ‘relax’ and to ‘calm the f** down’.
At one point one of the officers threatens to taser him: ‘You’re going to get shocked dude, you’re going to get zapped.’
Around 12 minutes into the video, the cops realize the man has become unresponsive.
‘He’s gone down,’ one of the officers is heard saying.
‘Is he breathing?’ asks another.
The officers try to wake him, yelling ‘hey’ at him while a distressed woman comes into the garage asking what has happened.
The cops then move Ingram-Lopez and are seen performing CPR on him.
Magnus said the cops also gave him Narcan as they were worried he had overdosed on drugs.
Ingram-Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency responders arrived and also could not revive him.
The Pima County Medical Examiner said his cause of death was a ‘sudden cardiac arrest’ and that he had ‘acute cocaine intoxication and an enlarged heart.’
They added that there were ‘no shots fired’ in the man’s arrest.
‘The person had been restrained in handcuffs. No blows, strikes, chokeholds, knee to the neck, chemical or electronic weapons were used. No shots were fired,’ the arresting officers wrote in their report.
However, the police chief and mayor have both slammed the actions of the officers.
‘In this video, we see a person who is clearly distressed. A person asking for water, asking for help, asking for his nana,’ Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said of the bodycam footage at Wednesday’s press conference.
‘Now we must center the conversation to police accountability and transparency. When officers do not perform as trained, they need to be held accountable.’
Romero blasted the failings for her office and the public to be notified of the man’s death in police custody immediately after it took place.
‘People are mad, people are disappointed and rightfully so,’ she said.
She called for a ‘swift but a thorough investigation’ into the Hispanic man’s death and vowed to make reforms to the police force.
She also praised Magnus as ‘an honest, a great police chief for the city of Tucson’ and said she didn’t know about his offer of resignation before the meeting.
It is not yet clear if the police chief’s offer will be accepted.
The release of the footage comes more than two months after the incident occurred.
Romero said earlier Wednesday it was being delayed at the request of Ingram-Lopez’s family, who were yet to see it.
The three cops Jackson, Routledge and Starbuck resigned over the incident last week after an investigation by the TPD said they were guilty of failing to take appropriate action, use of force and actions on duty, reported KOLD.com.
‘The investigation revealed a series of actions by each of the three focus officers that showed complete disregard for the training provided to each, disregard for established policy, but most importantly an apparent indifference or inability to recognize an individual in medical distress and take the appropriate action to mitigate the distress,’ Assistant Chief Kevin Hall wrote in the investigation.
The death came to light when a Tucson City Council meeting in which police funding was set to be discussed was suddenly cancelled.
Officers Jonathan Jackson [left], Samuel Routledge and Ryan Starbuck, [right], resigned from the Tucson Police Department last week, as the case of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez who died while in custody on April 21 in Tuscon, AZ., attracted scrutiny
Mayor Romero said: ‘After viewing a video yesterday of a Tucson Police Department in-custody death, I do not feel that it would be appropriate to carry on with business as usual in light of this event.’
According to a TPD personnel report, the three were guilty of failing to take appropriate action, use of force and actions on duty.
“The investigation revealed a series of actions by each of the three focus officers that showed complete disregard for the training provided to each, disregard for established policy, but most importantly an apparent indifference or inability to recognize an individual in medical distress and take the appropriate action to mitigate the distress,” Assistant Chief Kevin Hall wrote in his investigation.
A review board which makes recommendations to Tucson police department has not met since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jaime Tadeo, a member of the board, said recommendations had been made to the department about cops’ training.
‘There have been open conversations with TPD about transparency, about how they are handling their training lately which includes how trained they are in dealing with substance use,’ said Tadeo.
Three other TPD personnel, Sgt. Robert Mitchell, Officer Andrew Fedor and Officer Jerin Soor, were involved in the incident. All three were cleared of wrongdoing during the investigation.