Arizona : the police chief resigns after the death of a young man - The Point

in The United States, demonstrations have been taking place throughout the country to condemn racism and police violence in particular after the death of the Af

Arizona : the police chief resigns after the death of a young man - The Point

in The United States, demonstrations have been taking place throughout the country to condemn racism and police violence in particular after the death of the Afro-American George Floyd during an arrest. In full social crisis, the chief of police of Tucson, Arizona, has handed in his resignation after the death of a young man forced to the ground during twelve minutes by three police officers. The circumstances of the tragedy - which remain unclear - are the subject of an investigation.

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Carlos Ingram, Lopez, 27 years old, died on the 21st of April in this city in the south-west of the United States. The police officers had responded to an emergency call at the home of his grandmother, where the young man with origins in Latin america was, naked and very restless. The video released Wednesday by the local authorities shows three men, two white police officers and a black policeman, to pursue the victim, not army, until in the garage of the house where they have him handcuffed before to wrestle him to the ground, face against the ground. The young man begins by apologizing, before moaning, calling his grandmother for help, saying " I can't breathe ". Twelve minutes later, he was unconscious, "the victim of a cardiac arrest," according to the chief of police of Tucson, Chris Magnus, who handed in his resignation on Wednesday night.

"It has not been struck, it has not been key to the neck or neck"

It is up to municipal authorities to accept it or not but the mayor of Tucson, Regina Romero, said in a statement sent to Agence France-Presse that the chief should not resign. Even if the death of Carlos Ingram Lopez precedes that of George Floyd more than a month, the video where he complains of choking is inevitably an echo of the death of the middle-aged black below the knee a white policeman in Minneapolis. For chef Magnus, if his men had not acted in accordance with the practices in force in its service, there has not been as much intent to harm. "It has not been struck, it has not been key to the neck or strangulation ", he said.

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The autopsy of the victim has, according to him, highlighted by a strong dose of cocaine in his system and an abnormal size of the heart but was not able to determine with precision the cause of death. "It is irresponsible and unfair to say that he was killed by the police ", insisted Chris Magnus. The services of the attorney were investigating still on this death, but have brought no indictment against three police officers, who have resigned.

In the Colorado neighbor, the governor Jared Polis has called for the reopening of investigations into the death of Elijah McClain, a young black man of 23 years, in August 2019 in Aurora. The victim was dead of a heart attack after his arrest by police officers who had given him a key to the neck and he had been injected with the force of a powerful sedative. A police officer had said that McClain, who carried no weapon, had tried to seize his revolver. The case had not given rise to any proceedings and a petition launched to reopen the investigation, it was collected Thursday, more than three million signatures.

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