Combative Man @ Central LB Business Struggles With Female LBPD Officer; She's Assisted By Business Patrons & Arriving Officers; He's Subdued Using Only Physical Force, Handcuffed w/ Ankles Restrained, Stops Breathing...And Dies
(Dec. 6, 2003) -- LBPD says a man in his 40s, who'd been combative at a business in the 400 block of E. Anaheim St., was subdued by officers and business patrons using only physical force...and while in handcuffs with ankles restrained, stopped breathing and died.
LBPD says it responded to a 911 call at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Dec. 6 concerning a disruptive man, possibly under the influence of narcotics, in a business. Police say it was learned prior to the officer's arrival that the man, described as an African American, had refused to leave the combination bank, laundromat and fast food establishment.
In a writen release, LBPD says:
Patrons stated they had been pushed and grabbed by the subject and when he was forcefully taken outside by one patron he immediately returned.
A female Long Beach Patrol Officer was the first to arrive on scene and witnessed the suspect grab a patron and tear their clothing.
The officer immediately intervened and a struggle ensued. The officer was immediately assisted by patrons and arriving officers. With the use of only [emphasis in original] physical force, they gained control of the combative man.
While on the ground, handcuffed and with his ankles restrained to prevent any kicking, the man stopped breathing. Officers immediately removed the handcuffs, administered CPR and called for Paramedics. The suspect was transported to St. Mary Medical Center where he died shortly after 11 a.m.
LBPD notes that as is standard procedure, LBPD, the L.A. County District Attorneys Office and the L.A. County Coroner's office will investigate what occurred.