The incident happened on March 31, 2020.
Edward Bronstein reportedly withstood a blood test at the Altadena CHP station that night after being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. Officers then used force to make him obey.
Bronstein’s family filed a lawsuit against the CHP in December of that year and, according to the family’s attorneys, a judge ordered the release of police-worn body camera footage of the incident.
The video was released on Tuesday.
“[Bronstein] said, ‘I can’t breathe’ 12 times, that’s what I counted,” family attorney Michael Carrillo said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Twelve times he said: “I can not breathe”. Not a single officer took the initiative to steer the others away from him. Pull him to the side… do something to give him some air.”
The wrongful death lawsuit claims CHP officers used excessive force against an unarmed, restrained man who posed no immediate threat to anyone.
“Instead of trying to save his life, they slap him thinking it’s going to wake a dead man. Where’s CPR? Where’s first aid? None of that is given to Edward Bronstein, and that’s That’s why his family is hurting here today,” Carrillo said.
At one point in the video, Bronstein is heard saying, “That’s wrong,” to which an officer replies, “You’re the ones fighting this, not us.”
Bronstein responds, “I don’t fight at all.”
The officer then said, “Then sit down and give your arm. It’s your last chance, otherwise you go face down on the mat and we’ll continue.
As several officers subdue him, Bronstein is heard shouting that he will comply.
We then hear the officers tell him that it is too late.
Shortly after, Bronstein shouts “I can’t breathe” multiple times.
Bronstein died after the arrest.
“What those police officers did that day was reprehensible and shocking,” said Luis Carillo, another attorney for the family.
Bronstein was the father of five children.
“My dad was a good person,” his daughter Brianna Palomino said. “No one deserves to die this way. They left us all fatherless.”
Eyewitness News has reached out to CHP for a statement. The agency told ABC7 it does not comment on ongoing litigation.
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