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Body Cam Footage Shows Man Pleading With Police that He Can’t Breathe Moments Before He Dies

In 2013, Oakland police were dispatched to the Jaramillo household in response to a potential home intruder. Upon arrival, they saw 51-year-old Hernan Jaramillo acting erratically. Believing he was the intruder, they quickly arrested him. After being cuffed, Jaramillo was physically detained and eventually died in police custody. The 2013 body camera footage of the arrest and death of Jaramillo was obtained exclusively by the Contra Costa Times this week. The footage is disturbing and contains graphic content showing the arrest.

Just 13 seconds into the video, Hernan Jaramillo screams to his sister that he can’t breathe.

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You can hear his sister crying the background as she pleads with the police officers to let her brother up off the ground.

It isn’t long until his cries for help get more desperate. “They’re killing me right now,” Jaramillo can be heard screaming in the video while pinned down to the ground.

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The officers told Jaramillo to relax so they could let him go. “There’s no reason to be acting like this,” said one of the officers. Officers say they were trying to distinguish if he had taken any narcotics due to his erratic behavior.

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According to a complaint filed by the family, officers mistakenly arrested Jaramillo because they believed he was an intruder.

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Family members told the officers that Jaramillo was not the intruder, but they did suspect that he had taken narcotics that night, according to a question heard in the video.

After telling officers six times that he can’t breathe and telling his sister that they are killing him 20 times, Jaramillo goes silent and unresponsive.

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Witnesses said one of the police officer used his knee on Jaramillo’s back to pin him down. One officer says, “Should we do CPR?” The response: “Nah.” According to San Jose Mercury News, the family stated that there was a struggle as the officers attempted to put Jaramillo in a patrol car, and then dragged him “20-feet on his back to the sidewalk.”

Jaramillo was pronounced dead on the scene when paramedics arrived.

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The Alameda County coroner ruled his death a drug overdose after finding cocaine metabolites and alcohol in Jaramillo’s system. However, an independent pathologist questioned whether or not Jaramillo had enough drugs in his system to contribute to his death, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

After suing the city for the wrongful death of Jaramillo, the family was awarded $450,000 in damages.

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Watch the full video below. Warning: The video contains graphic content that may be disturbing for some viewers.

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