- The Hispanic Ángel Zapata died the same way as George Floyd (VIDEO)
- Apparently, the Hispanic man was murdered in the same way as George Floyd
- The man was handcuffed and restrained by two Metropolitan Transit Service security workers
Ángel Zapata Hernández died the same way as George Floyd. Apparently, the 24-year-old man was killed by two Metropolitan Transit Service security workers. One of these officers knelt on his neck.
In downtown San Diego, California, Hispanic Ángel Zapata Hernández was handcuffed and restrained by two security workers, one of whom knelt over him for at least 6 minutes, similar to George Floyd’s death, according to the newspaper Los Angeles Times.
Video captured the death of Hispanic Ángel Zapata
The death of the Hispanic Ángel Zapata was captured in a video like that of the Afro-American George Floyd. According to the newspaper, only a press release from the San Diego Police Department was published where the death was “vaguely” explained.
In addition, few people outside the authorities knew what the death of the Hispanic Ángel Zapata Hernández had been like. Until this Monday, the president of the board of the Metropolitan Transit Service, Nathan Fletcher, along with the Hispanic lawyer revealed the details.
An officer placed his knee on the neck of Ángel Zapata Hernández
Eugene Iredale, representative of the family of the Hispanic Ángel Zapata Hernández, announced at a press conference that the case similar to that of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world, would be being resolved for 5.5 million dollars.
The video shows how the two officers subdue him after several pulls. It was spread through social networks after the death of Ángel Zapata was made known in a similar way to the death of George Floyd. According to the Los Angeles Times, Zapata’s death was hidden for nearly 18 months.
The case of the dead Hispanic remained ‘hidden’
The video of the death of the Hispanic Ángel Zapata Hernández was recorded on October 5, 2019. The case remained hidden because some laws do not apply to the guards of the Metropolitan Transit Service, according to the aforementioned media.
Some police transparency laws that could have disclosed the controversial video before, were not enforced because the guards are not “sworn police officers or law enforcement officers under the law”, even a state law requires publishing these body videos.
Official statement concealed how the death of Ángel Zapata Hernández was
The only information there was after the death of Ángel Zapata Hernández was the statement from the San Diego Police Department, which did not include details such as that one of the officers placed his knee on his neck for several minutes.
“Initial information provided by witnesses and MTS employees indicates that the man was acting erratically and possibly under the influence. The witnesses did not see any use of force by MTS employees other than trying to keep the man on the ground while he kicked and screamed, ”said the statement obtained by the Los Angeles newspaper.
Ángel Zapata’s family assures that he suffered from schizophrenia
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Hispanic toxicology reports showed signs of marijuana, but not any other illegal drugs. The family assured that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and that he was administered medication for his condition on a daily basis.
Did they try to hide it? The San Diego Police Department asked to seal the autopsy performed on Ángel Zapata Hernández. A letter obtained by the Los Angeles newspaper indicated that the information on the Hispanic case “would seriously hamper” the investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Hispanic family did not want the video to be broadcast
The family of Hispanic Ángel Zapata Hernández did not want the dramatic video to be released. A mediation process with the authorities resulted in the 5.5 million dollar agreement, according to the Los Angeles newspaper. “It was his specific request, ‘We do not want it to be published pending mediation,'” the attorney said.
Later, the family of Ángel Zapata Hernández confirmed that they did not want the violent images to be distributed. No one was charged in the death of the Hispanic at the hands of the two guards of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service.
Guards were not charged after the death of the Hispanic
San Diego County Prosecutor Summer Stephan said there was “insufficient evidence to prove the murder or manslaughter charges.” The guards cannot be ‘condemned’ and no longer work for the Metropolitan Transit Service, as revealed by the Los Angeles newspaper
The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper has dedicated itself to identifying the two guards who appear in the tragic video of Ángel Zapata Hernández. “Our review found that no specific act performed by an individual, or in combination, can be shown to have caused the death of Mr. Zapata-Hernández,” noted a statement from the district attorney.
Ángel Zapata Hernández died ‘just like’ George Floyd
Former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for almost 10 minutes, in the case of the Hispanic, the Metropolitan Transit Service guards stayed on, also for almost 10 minutes, according to a report cited by the Los Angeles Times.
Both George Floyd and Ángel Zapata died face down, handcuffed and with a knee pressing on their neck, the newspaper recalls. Tasha Williamso, an activist stated: “I cried like I was George Floyd”, “Did they hide it from us?”
STRONG IMAGES: Video of the death of Hispanic Ángel Zapata
The activist also lashed out at authorities for failing to press charges. “Negligence has consequences on the streets, but does it never seem to have consequences for the officers or security agents who kill us? There is no responsibility, ”he stated according to the Los Angeles Times.
Multiple videos such as that of the 13-year-old Hispanic minor, that of George Floyd, or the one that has not yet been published about the death of African-American Andrew Brown have caused great outrage in the United States. TO WATCH THE VIDEO CLICK HERE. DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
Police-related deaths of concern in the US
Thursday is the funeral of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American motorist who was shot to death during a traffic stop this month in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, just a few miles from the courthouse where Chauvin’s trial was taking place. , says AP.
Last month in Chicago, 13-year-old Hispanic Adam Toledo was shot and killed less than a second after he dropped a pistol and raised his hands as ordered by a police officer. Kim Potter, a white police officer, is charged with manslaughter in Wright’s death. The former Brooklyn Center police chief said Potter mistook his pistol for his stun gun.
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