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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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The Son of Mexican Field Workers, Tom Flores Became the First Latino Coach to Win a Super Bowl

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The Son of Mexican Field Workers, Tom Flores Became the First Latino Coach to Win a Super Bowl

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Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, the only Latino head coach currently in the NFL, is getting some much-deserved attention for leading his team to this year’s Super Bowl – and a nearly undefeated regular season record. If Rivera’s Panthers win the game, the Puerto Rican-Mexican Rivera won’t be the first Latino coach to win a Super Bowl. That distinction belongs to Tom Flores.

Flores actually has lots of “firsts” under his belt: he was the first Latino quarterback to start in the AFL, he was the first Latino head coach to win a Super Bowl and he was the first Latino general manager in the NFL.

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Flores, born to parents from Chihuahua, Mexico, grew up in California’s Central Valley, where his parents worked as field workers. He played quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. Although he wasn’t a superstar in his playing days, Flores became a role model for Latino football players like Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett.

Despite his success as a coach, the 78-year-old Flores hasn’t been inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Flores told ESPN: “The voters, whoever they are, are not interested in what guys have done in the past. It’s about the more recent years.” Here’s what Flores did in the past: after his playing days, he moved on to coaching, where he won a Super Bowl in 1977 as an assistant with the Oakland Raiders. Two years later, the Raiders hired him as their head coach. The following year, Flores guided the Raiders – with the help of Latino quarterback Jim Plunkett – to a victory at Super Bowl XV. But he wasn’t done. After the Raiders moved to Los Angeles, they became champions once more, winning the Super Bowl in 1984 in a rout of the Washington Redskins.

Along with Mike Ditka, Tom Flores is the only person to win a Super Bowl as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach.

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Flores says he hopes Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera can also make history, since there are so few Latinos in the NFL. Flores told ESPN: “How many guys have had the opportunity that Ron and I had? That’s what makes it so special. The percentages are not in favor of this happening.”

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