Ernie Serrano Wiki – Ernie Serrano Biography
Ernie Serrano was a California man, who died in police custody says he got the same treatment as George Floyd which can now be seen on video as authorities investigate.
Serrano died last Tuesday after he arrested for assault with a deadly weapon following an incident that required police assistance at a grocery store in Jurupa Valley which left him bloodied, battered, and, ultimately, unresponsive.
He was 33 years old.
Ernie Serrano Died
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said Monday that preliminary autopsy results indicate the death of a Jurupa Valley man who stopped breathing after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies last week caused by an overdose.
Deputies scuffled with Ernie Serrano, used a Taser gun on him, and hit him with a baton before arresting him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at a Stater Bros. grocery store in Jurupa Valley last Tuesday.
Bianco expressed his condolences to the Serrano family at a Monday news conference, saying Serrano’s death was “sad and tragic” for everyone.
Bianco said that toxicology tests done on Serrano showed he was under the influence of methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, and marijuana at the time of his death.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept. released bodycam footage as well as witness and surveillance video from that day … and it shows Serrano at a Stater Bros. attempting to check out at the register when for some reason security intervenes … and they tussle.
The fighting goes on for a few minutes reports say the guard Tasered him and used pepper spray on him as well and that’s when several Sheriff’s deputies arrived. In the video, you can see one of the deputies unloads on a stumbling Serrano with his baton, striking him several times in the arm and stomach — until, eventually, the whole squad tackles and detains him.
Bodycam video shows Serrano bleeding from his face as deputies attempt to handcuff him — while pinning his torso against a countertop. He’s screaming for them to let him go as cops try to calm him down. Serrano actually screamed, “Excessive force” at one point.
They then put a spit mask on him, and he quiets down … at some point after that he lost consciousness. Deputies put him on the floor and tried to resuscitate him. Serrano later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
RCSD held a press conference Monday, saying the department and the District Attorney’s Office were investigating. They also released a preliminary autopsy report they say lists his cause of death as acute methamphetamine intoxication … which the Sheriff’s Dept. says caused a fatal arrhythmia as he struggled with deputies.
The Sherrif’s Dept. also says the autopsy shows contusions on his right arm and stomach, consistent with baton strikes. They add there’s no sign of asphyxiation or other forms of trauma. Of course, Serrano’s fam and their attorney, Humberto Guizar, see things differently.