Mario Gonzalez Wiki – Mario Gonzalez Biography
According to Mario Gonzalez wiki, Bio and Biography, he was a native of California. He dies after Alameda, Calif., Police pin him to the ground for several minutes.
Police in the Northern California city of Alameda released bodycam footage late Tuesday that shows officers pinning a man to the ground for more than five minutes during an arrest last week that ended in his death.
Gonzalez stopped breathing after an April 19 scuffle with police at a park in Alameda.
He was 26 years old.
The nearly hour-long video from two officers’ body cameras shows police talking to Gonzalez in a park after receiving 911 calls that he appeared to be disoriented or drunk. Gonzalez seems dazed and struggles to answer questions.
When Gonzalez doesn’t produce any identification, the officers try to force his hands behind his back to handcuff him but he resists and they take him to the ground.
The officers repeatedly ask him for his full name and birthdate.
“We’re going to take care of you, OK, we’re going to take care of you,” one officer says.
“I think you just had too much to drink today, OK? That’s all,” the same officer says. Later, he adds, “Mario, just please stop fighting us.”
Gonzalez, who weighed about 250 pounds, grunts and shouts as he lays face down on some wood chips while the officers restrain him. One officer puts an elbow on his neck and a knee on his shoulder.
Gonzalez left a 4-year-old son and also was the main caretaker of his 22-year-old brother, who has autism, his family said.
“The police killed my brother, in the same manner, they killed George Floyd,” said his brother, Gerardo Gonzalez.
“He’s a lovely guy. He’s respectful, all the time,” said Mario’s mother, Edith Arenales. “They broke my family for no reason.”
An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of his death but at a news conference Tuesday, family members blamed the police, saying officers escalated what should have been a minor, peaceful encounter with the unarmed man.
A police statement said Gonzalez had a medical emergency after officers tried to handcuff him.
His family contends he was killed by police who used excessive force.
“He’s lifting my whole body weight up,” an officer says at one point.
One officer also appears to put a knee on his back and leaves it there for about four minutes as Gonzalez gasps for air, saying “I didn’t do nothing, OK?”