After a man was arrested for destroying merchandise at a New Mexico Wal-Mart, he was held down and restrained by police officers until he could no longer breathe. Minutes after CPR failed to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead. Footage shows two officers then fist bumping each other.
In September of 2015, Ben Anthony C de Baca came to a New Mexico Wal-Mart and began damaging merchandise the moment he stepped into the store. Police officers came to the scene and placed various restraints on Baca, took him outside of the store and pushed him to the ground on his stomach. Because he bit an officer in the store, they placed a spit sock over his head.
Authorities planted various restraints on his wrist and legs, then removed him from the store into the Wal-Mart parking lot. Baca cried out saying he couldn't breathe but officers ignored his cries and Baca was pronounced dead minutes later.
His death was ruled as a homicide caused by cocaine intoxication and complications from physical restraint. While the officers have since been cleared of any wrongdoing, Baca's family have planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the authorities involved.
I will tell you that spit sock is not to be used for the purpose of trying to stop someone from biting
Baca's family attorney Ahmad Assed told media outlets, “What we are saying is they misused and misapplied the spit sock on Mr. C de Baca. In doing so, they were very negligent. He is clearly crying out for help. He was clearly indicating to them that he couldn’t breathe.”
Assed also mentioned he was dismayed by nonchalant responses from police regarding Baca's struggle after the video was released. He went on to say, “It shows a sign for me that says, we are not human. We know someone 10 feet away from us is dead as a result of what we may have done and we have the ability to fist-bump one another on top of a dead body.’”