NEWLY released videos from the Phoenix Police Department show several police officers holding a man down on scorching asphalt for nearly six minutes, before he is pronounced dead.
The footage, shared on Tuesday, begins with surveillance video of the man, Ramon Timothy Lopez, wandering around a parking lot around 51st Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona, on the morning of August 4.
The Phoenix Police Department released footage of the incident that included three office body camera videos[/caption]
A woman calling 911 describes a “kind of weird” man walking around looking at cars and “sticking his tongue out.”
“I don’t know what’s wrong with him,” the caller says, adding that his shorts are ripped and he appears to be “holding his private parts.”
Lopez’s girlfriend said he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and lived about a mile from scene, according to a local news outlet.
Officers find Lopez, 28, after he goes into a convenience store and steals a drink.
Cops held Ramon Lopez down on hot asphalt for nearly six minutes[/caption]
Lopez is recorded throwing the drink at an officer, who runs after him.
Footage from the body cameras of three officers responding to the scene are shown in the 14-minute-long compilation.
One of the officers takes Lopez down on a busy road and a struggle ensues.
An officer can be heard saying, “Chill, chill.”
Three police officers handcuffed Ramon Lopez and used a leg restraint to stop him from kicking[/caption]
The cops are able to restrain Lopez on the asphalt, face up, on the over 100-degree day.
They handcuff Lopez and secure a leg restraint on him and hold him down for close to six minutes, as he moans.
The officers then move Lopez into a police SUV.
Inside the SUV, Lopez becomes unresponsive and the officers pull over, take him out, and attempt to revive him multiple times.
A police officer took Ramon Lopez down on a busy road[/caption]
One of the officers pours water on Lopez’s head.
Fire department responders arrive and try to treat Lopez, but he is later pronounced dead at a hospital in Phoenix.
The medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of Lopez’s death.
Faces of the three officers were blurred in the footage as part of a legal procedure and they have not been identified or punished.
Ramon Lopez was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, according to his girlfriend [/caption]
The first officer who responded has been with the force for 14 years, while the other two have served for three and 10 years.
Two separate investigations into the incident are underway—an internal investigation by the police department’s Professional Standards Bureau and a criminal investigation by the homicide unit, according to a press release.
During the struggle, officers used the “237” code in radio communications, meaning they suspected Lopez was under the influence of illegal drugs.
Lopez was reportedly a father.
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The police department’s footage comes days after a woman who witnessed the incident shared a 20-second video with ABC15.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said Lopez put up a fight because he did not want his face “smashed on the asphalt” on the hot day.
Lopez’s death comes just over two months after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd, leading to his death and national outrage over police actions and calls for racial equality.