According to the Associated Press, Police Chief Chris Magnus of Tucson, Arizona, offered his resignation during a press conference held on June 24th (2020). This was the day after it was revealed that Carlos Ingram-Lopez, who appeared to be suffering from some sort of mental health issue, had been killed while being restrained by three (unnamed) officers. However, Tuscon Mayor Regina Romero, who was reportedly surprised by Magnus’ resignation offer, has said that she needs to think about whether she should accept his offer because he has been “an honest and great” police chief.
Although this happened on April 21st, the video was not released until June 23. Chief Magnus stated that the failure to release the video earlier “was a misstep” but that it “wasn’t done with malicious intent.” Apparently, although they received the video the day after Ingram-Lopez was killed, it just sat around the police station without anyone bothering to watch it until recently. Incidentally, before offering his own resignation Chief Magnus allowed the three officers to resign before they could be fired. So they’re probably already out there at another department interviewing for a job and may be coming to a city near you soon.
As can be pretty clearly seen in the video above, Ingram-Lopez is not in any way combative or physically resistant. He’s also quite obviously not armed. The officers have very little trouble handcuffing him. Throughout the video (until he dies), he is simply begging and pleading with them. Eventually, he begins asking for water and soon after to be moved because he is having trouble breathing (he even states the now all too familiar phrase “I can’t breathe”).
Instead of helping him or simply moving him into a position that isn’t known to result in people suffocating, one of the officers throws a blanket on top of him while the others yell at him to calm down (neither of which tend to make people calmer). Soon after, Ingram-Lopez stops moving. While it should be pretty clear from the video why he is dead, the medical examiner (in yet another all too common refrain) claims that they could not determine the exact cause of death. Instead, they stated that he (coincidentally) had a heart attack at the same time that he was being suffocated by these officers.
Unfortunately, this is yet another incident in which a family member (his grandmother) called requesting help with someone having a mental health issue. Instead of receiving that help, the police were sent and shortly after Carlos Ingram-Lopez was dead.
Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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