The three Alameda, California, police officers responsible for killing Mario Gonzalez after they pinned him face down on the ground for over five minutes will not be charged criminally for his homicide. According to a report released by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office, the officers were “lawful and objectively reasonable” in their handling of Mario Gonzalez, 26, last April when the incident took place.

California civil rights lawyer Julia Sherwin denounced the DA’s decision as “shameful.” 

In April 2021, Mario Gonzalez was forced face down on the ground with three police officers putting their weight on him for over five minutes and died of restraint asphyxia. He was unarmed and left behind a four-year-old son.

Find the full article on the April 7 DA’s decision here.

A second, independent autopsy obtained by Haddad & Sherwin LLP on behalf of Mario and his son clearly demonstrates that Mario died from restraint asphyxia at the hands of the police. Find an article on the second autopsy here.


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