Hector Arreola

Hector Arreola

pinned to the ground

In January 2017, police officers from Columbus, Georgia, used excessive force during the arrest of 30-year-old Hector Arreola, as a result of which he died. The man twice turned to the police for help, as he felt unwell.

The police officers who arrived at the scene tried to arrest Arreola, during which a struggle began between him and the officers. According to the footage from the officer’s body camera, during the incident, the man shouted several times to his mother that sooner or later the police would kill him. He died the next day at the medical center, where he was taken by police officers. An autopsy later revealed that the conflict between Arreola and law enforcement agencies was a factor that contributed to his death. As it turned out, during the arrest, the officer sat on the man for more than two minutes while he was handcuffed.

The victim’s family sued the city and the police department, accusing them of using excessive force, but in June 2021, the lawyer representing the city once again asked the district judge to postpone the trial, which should take place until the end of this year.