Seattle police are investigating after a 53-year-old man died after being restrained and taken into police custody in North Seattle last month.
Officers responded to “reports of a man in the street” at North 105th Street and Aurora Avenue North shortly after 11 p.m. on Nov. 18, reported The Seattle Times.
The Seattle Police Department released body camera video of the events leading to the man’s death.
The 27-minute video, which can be seen below, begins with officers parking and approaching the man on the sidewalk. After some discussion, the officers offer him a ride home, but he declines.
As officers start to leave, the man walked into an intersection with traffic. The video shows officers pushing the man to the sidewalk while he fights back and they restrain him on the ground. The man clearly does not want to be restrained as he continues to fight for several minutes to get free.
Police then called an ambulance, after the man requested it, to take the man to a hospital for medical treatment, police said in a blog post.
An officer is heard saying the man is having “low breathing,” after being restrained, The 53-year-old was on the gurney in the back of the ambulance when the video stops.
The ambulance crew began CPR, police say in the post. The life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, and the man died at the scene.
SPD released the body-cam video Wednesday “in keeping with the Seattle Police Department’s ongoing transparency efforts,” the blog post says.
Portions of the video are blurred or redacted, as part of the department’s obligation to Washington law that requires keeping sensitive information from police body-camera videos private.
Watch video of the incident below:
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