Newly released video shows California man screaming ‘I can’t breathe’ before dying in police custody
Newly released video shows a California man who died two years ago shouting ‘I can’t breathe’ as he was restrained by authorities, ABC affiliate KXTV reported.
A California judge ordered the video of Edward Bronstein’s death will be announced on Tuesday.
In the nearly 18-minute video, Bronstein, 38, is seen refusing an order from California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers to take a blood test, according to the ABC affiliate.
“This is your last chance. Otherwise you go face down on the mat and we’re going to keep going,” a CHP officer told Bronstein, as other officers forced him down.
Five CHP officers continue to hold Bronstein to the ground, some putting their knees on his back as he shouts “I’ll do it!” I will do it! I promise!” the ABC affiliate reported.
“It’s too late,” replied an officer.
Bronstein started screaming “I can’t breathe!” and “I can’t!” as authorities continued to detain him, according to the video.
“Stop screaming!” a CHP officer told Bronstein.
A medical professional took his blood when he appeared to be unconscious.
Authorities began CPR 11 minutes after Bronstein’s final cries, KXTV reported. A the second video shows officers and paramedics unable to revive Bronstein.
Bronstein was arrested by authorities in March 2020 following a traffic stop, the ABC affiliate reported.
His family has filed a lawsuit against the CHP officers involved in his death, alleging excessive force and a violation of civil rights, also calling for the officers to be criminally prosecuted by Los Angeles County Attorney George Gascón (D).
Bronstein’s family said he was terrified of needles, which made him reluctant to take a blood test.
Bronstein died two months before George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, also after repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.”
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