Muhammad Muhaymin Jr, 43, died in police custody in January 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Police were responding a call about “assault” in community center. Muhaymin trying to take his support dog with him inside a public bathroom at a city community center. The caller said he assaulted employee. The employee later said there was no assault, but he did not want Muhaymin to take his dog into the bathroom.
The CCTV video showed a struggle between Muhaymin and four police officers. They restrained him and pinned to the floor. In the video Muhaymin is heard saying he could not breathe. He went into medical distress and died.
The four officers were cleared. Muhaymin’s family filed an appeal against this decision. The family claimed officers used excessive force that caused Muhaymin’s death. In December 2021 court records were unsealed.
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“There should be some consequences for the officers,” said Mussallina Muhaymin, Muhammad’s sister. “Just like Chauvin was found criminally responsible in the death of George Floyd, I want to see that happen here in Phoenix in my brother’s death as well.”
A report by Dr Bennet Omalu, the family’s expert witness, found Muhaymin died from “asphyxiation due to compression of his trunk and body” and that “if Muhammad did not encounter the police on Jan. 4, 2017, he would not have died”.
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.