In a case that drew national attention and comparisons to the murder of George Floyd an autopsy report released Friday for a California man who died in April after being restrained by police identifies his manner of death a homicide but cites methamphetamine toxicity as the leading cause.
Mario Gonzalez, 26, died after Alameda police officers restrained him on his stomach for five minutes in a case that had echoes of the murder of George Floyd. Local residents called 911 on Gonzalez after he seemed dazed and intoxicated, but not threatening or violent, in a public park.
The autopsy by the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau rules Gonzalez’s death a homicide but says the main cause was “toxic effects of methamphetamine.”
According to a newly released autopsy report, 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez Arenares, who was arrested by Alameda police, was sentenced to murder on April 19, but his health, methamphetamine use, and alcohol were also factors.
Almost a year after George Floyd died in a similar exchange with the police, Mario Gonzalez Arenares Caused cardiac arrest and stopped breathing While being handcuffed in the prone position by Alameda police. Currently, a lawyer representing Gonzales’ five-year-old son has stated that he expects a district attorney to conduct a criminal investigation, and she will file a federal proceeding.
According to an autopsy report by Alameda County forensic pathologist Vivan Snyder, the method of death was murder, but it was due to obesity and physiological stress, as well as the main cause of death for the “toxic effects of methamphetamine” with alcoholism. ..
Julia Sherwin, a lawyer representing Gonzales’ son, Emphasize to KTVU The amount of methamphetamine in Gonzales’ system is “low” and she considers it primarily a case of choking.
“It is clear that Gonzales Arenares experienced cardiopulmonary arrest due to multiple factors, based on all the information available, including investigations, autopsies, and laboratory findings,” the report said. “Methamphetamine detected in his blood, combined with his enlarged and dilated heart, may have caused a fatal cardiac arrhythmia.”
Civil Rights attorney Julia Sherwin, who is representing the family, says her office will continue to press their case in court that it was the officers’ prone weight restraint, not meth, that killed Gonzalez.
“Mario would not have died were it not for being restrained in a prone position, with multiple officers on his back, for over five minutes,” Sherwin tells NPR.
The report further explains: The recent use of methamphetamine, coupled with the prone position in the context of morbid obesity, has put additional strain on Gonzales Arenales’ heart. “
The situation of the interaction between police officers and Gonzales remains controversial. A few days after his death, I learned that a neighbor in the area called the police for the strange existence of Gonzales. They expressed He wasn’t doing anything wrong or illegal. One said, “He scares my wife.”
Gonzales was hanging out whispering in a small park on Oak Street in Alameda. It may have been the place where he had previously drank alone.His family said he had Lost a job during a pandemic I was depressed and drinking.
He also had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system — and in fact, one of those callers who warned police about his actions appeared to be “tuning” on their phone. I said that. He also had a shopping basket with what looked like a stolen liquor bottle, probably brought from a nearby store, with an anti-theft cap on it.
Alameda police officer Eric McKinley was engaged to Gonzales and spoke calmly for about nine minutes before he and two other police officers attempted to arrest him — for his own safety.Gonzales landed on the ground in the prone position, and Body camera image Released a few days after his death
Alison Berry Wilkinson, an officer’s lawyer, said earlier that the officer “did not want to take him to the ground” and “it was Mr. Gonzalez’s own momentum and strength” with him. The three officers fall to the ground.
During the struggle, I hear a policeman say, “OK, Mario. Thank you.”
Unlike Floyd’s murder, the incident lasted only a minute or two, and Gonzales wrestled with an officer and then became unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital in Auckland due to cardiac arrest and died.
Sherwin continues to insist that arrests should never occur, not to mention putting the man in a prone position. Police officers said he was partially arrested to prevent him from tripping over a nearby stump.
“Police are not allowed to arrest people to avoid stumbling,” Sherwin said, according to Source. “Did they kill him instead because they wanted to prevent him from tripping? That’s totally ridiculous.”
As Chronicle report, Alameda City officials have hired San Francisco lawyer Louise Renne to conduct an independent investigation into the case, with no results.