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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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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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