It was the usual protocol for “officer safety” where a group of well-armed cops wearing tactical gloves and probably body armor forced a man down on his stomach to allow them to pile on top of him with their full body weight in order to restrain him.
With their knees driving into his back and their hands shoving his face into the ground, the man’s muffled cries became fainter as a female cop ordered him to “stop resisting” and “relax” and a male cop assured him that everything will be ok.
But Roy Lee Nelson Jr. ended up dying moments later after the Hayward police officers placed him in a WRAP restraining device, which allows officers to wrap people like mummies in the name of officer safety.
“I can’t breathe,” were Nelson’s last coherent words before he died on December 19, 2015.
On Tuesday, after years of refusing to release the body cam videos, the Hayward Police Department released body cam videos from that night as part of the pending federal lawsuit against the department.