Jose Albert Lizarraga Garcia, 41, died while in police custody in Indio, California.
In January 2021, police were responding a call about a man, later identified as Garcia, who was behaving erratically at a parking lot. Police officers were talking to Garcia when he turned his back and started leaving.
Officers caught him and pinned him to the ground. A video made by an eyewitness shows the officers handcuffing Garcia. In the video, Garcia can be heard telling officers he can’t breathe. Later officers noticed he was unresponsive. Garcia died at the scene.
In February 2021, Garcia’s family announced they were going to sue the officers and the police department and accuse them of using excessive force.
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“On Jan 22, my father’s life was taken by Indio police. He was suffocated, he said couldn’t breathe and about 5 police officers remained on top of him. His life was taken on scene,” Garcia’s daughter wrote.
“We just want justice. We want to come together as a community to make sure this doesn’t happen again. This is not something that should happen to anyone, ever,” Garcia’s half-brother said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.