In April 2021, police in Alameda, California, used excessive force to arrest 26-year-old Hispanic Mario Gonzalez for allegedly being drunk.
On April 19, 2021, the police department received a report about an alleged drunken man in a local park. The officers who arrived at the scene talked to Gonzalez for about an hour before knocking him down and pinning him to the ground. He carried out all the orders of the police, but they still continued to hold him, leaning on him with all their weight. Gonzalez claimed to have “done nothing.” He soon stopped breathing. The officers tried to give him artificial respiration and chest compressions, but they failed. He was taken to the nearest hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Gonzalez is survived by a 4-year-old son and an autistic brother, for whom he was the sole guardian. Three police officers involved in his arrest were sent on administrative leave during the investigation. The Gonzalez family blamed the police for his death, saying they used excessive force. They have hired a lawyer and intend to get justice in court.