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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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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

Like many street vendors, 45-year-old Lorenzo Pérez sold food to support his family.

Married and the father of four children ages 15, 13, 9, and 1, Perez is described by friends and family as being well known amongst neighborhood residents. He was often seen working alongside his daughter who helped him on occasion. Now, the community and family who knew Perez well are in mourning, after he was shot in broad daylight while doing his job.

Perez died after he being shot in the head in southeast Fresno on Sunday afternoon.

Fresno Police were called to the scene of a possible robbery at Alta and Pierce Avenues, near Kings Canyon and Willow around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. On the way to the scene, the police officers learned that a street vendor had been shot once in the head.

According to reports, Perez was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where he ultimately died.

Witnesses of the murder told officers that a man had beckoned Perez to come over to him in a way that suggested he was going to purchase something from him.

According to police reports, when Perez walked up to the suspect, the man pulled out a gun and shot the vendor. He then stole a few items, which have not been identified, and flew the scene. Witnesses told police officers that they’d seen the man loitering around the area before the shooting.

A local news station reported that “Officers are now looking into surveillance footage from the area to try and identify the shooter… Through a statement, Fresno City Council President Luis Chavez announced that he will be offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.”

“The coward that murdered our food vendor, turn yourself in and face the consequences. You’ve brought tremendous pain to a family and our city,” Chavez exclaimed in the statement.

To help the Perez family, Councilmember Esmeralda Soria set up a GoFundMe account which has already raised $141,780 out of its $125,000 goal.

Perez’s son, Isai, described his father in a recent interview as a “great man.”

“My father was a great man. He was a great father, a great husband, a great friend,” he said in an interview. “He spread love and kindness. He was about fairness, he wanted to share his happiness. He meant no harm. He didn’t deserve to go like this. The person who killed my dad took away a part of me. My dad went through everything for us. He took away my father. He took away the opportunity of me being with him in his last moments and it’s heartbreaking. I hope they find the murderer soon.”

If you have any information on the shooting please call Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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A 1-Year-Old Was Shot In The Head By Houston Police, Now He’s Fighting For His Life

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A 1-Year-Old Was Shot In The Head By Houston Police, Now He’s Fighting For His Life

Updated March 24, 2021.

The police of Houston are under fire again after it was revealed that a 1-year-old boy was shot in the head by an officer earlier this month. The tragic incident happened on March 3.

At the time Daisha Smalls was at a gas station filling up her car when she saw police cars and sirens.

According to Smalls, she was sitting inside of her car when a man approached her and told her to get out of her car.

At the time of the attempted hijacking, Smalls’ son Legend, was in the backseat.

“I wouldn’t give him my car because I let him know that I have a child in my car and that I would not leave my car without my son,” Smalls explained. The man then pushed his way into the car and attempted to hijack the vehicle.  

Police shot into Smalls’ car and killed the suspect who’d forced his way onto her lap. The police also injured her son Legend.

The 1-year-old was struck in the head with a bullet.

“I was just scared for my son’s life,” Smalls explained in a recent interview. Smalls went onto share that her son “didn’t deserve to be shot, especially not by the police.” According to reports, doctors removed part of Legend’s skull to make space for brain swelling. They were able to remove the bullet but small fragments from the bullet remain.

“He’s had multiple seizures, over 10 seizures, he’s still fighting for his life,” he explained.

Antonio Romanucci, co-counsel to Smalls’ lawyer said they are still investigating the incident but that the Houston police “can anticipate a lawsuit being filed shortly.”

Earlier this month, Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner claimed that Smalls was not in the car at the time of the hijacking. The hijacker was 30 and the suspect of two armed robberies. Police told him to drop his weapon and when he refused an officer fired several shots at him. The man died at the scene.

Finner claimed that the police officer was unaware that Legend was in the car. 

“Fearing for the mother’s safety, one of our officers discharged his duty weapon, fatally striking the suspect,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement shared to Twitter. “Sadly, baby Legend was also struck. Officers at the scene immediately rendered first aid to Legend… We are hoping and praying for the full and speedy recovery of little one-year-old Legend Smalls.”

Small’s attorney, Ben Crump explained that the clerk at the gas station told ABC13 that there is a surveillance video of the shooting.

“Why would they shoot knowing she was in the car? Not knowing who else was in the car. There could have been children, there could’ve been others in the car, but they shot,” Crump explained. “Regrettably and tragically, little Legend will live the rest of his life with the consequences of their decision to shoot into his mama’s car even though they knew she was in there.”

The attorney to Smalls, who has disputed police accounts that she was out of the car when the shooting began, has said that they expect to file a lawsuit in regards to the incident.

“Were the actions of the Houston Police Department both objective and reasonable under the circumstances?”Romanucci commented at a recent news conference according to The New York Times. “Clearly the answer is no.”

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