The California Highway Patrol spent two years trying to keep a disturbing video under wraps that showed them killing a man after he refused to provide a blood sample.
But the video was finally released on Tuesday after a federal judge ruled against the CHP earlier this year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The victim, Edward Bronstein, had been arrested for DWI on March 31, 2020 by CHP officers who transported him to a police station and demanded he submit to a blood test.
But he was refusing to provide his arm to be injected which angered the cops. His family said he was afraid of needles.
“You are bringing the fight to this, not us,” one of the cops says.
“I am not bringing the fight at all,” Bronstein replies.
“Then have a seat and provide your arm,” the cop says. “This is your last opportunity. Otherwise you’re going facedown on the mat and we’re going to keep going.”
“I can’t do it,” Bronstein replies. “Not willingly.”
That was when several cops made good on their promise, forcing him facedown on the mat and piling on top of him and placing their knees into his back.
“I’ll do it willingly! I’ll do it willingly!” Bronstein begins pleading.
“Too late,” a cop tells him.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” he repeatedly says but a cop only tells him to “stop yelling.”
The cops eventually obtain their blood sample but by then, Bronstein has stopped moving or speaking.
“Wake him up,” a cop tells the others.
But he never did wake up after the cops spent several minutes calling his name and slapping his face and eventually pumping his chest.
Michael Carrillo, an attorney for the Bronstein family, said the cops should have stopped after hearing say he was unable to breathe.
“Not one officer took the action to pull the others off of him, pull him to the side, do something to give him air,” Carrillo told the Los Angeles Times. “When they finally flip him over, he’s lifeless.”
Watch the shortened edited video below or the full-length 17-minute video here.