Tucson Police Chief Resigns After Death Of Latino Man In Custody
The Tucson Chief of Police has resigned two months after a Latino man died in custody while handcuffed and placed face down.
Chris Magnus offered his resignation Wednesday during a news conference, a day after the death of 27-year-old Carlos Ingram-Lopez was made public through the release of a video depicting his death. Three other officers have already resigned in connection with the death, which occured on April 21st. Two are white officers, one is African-American.
The video was recorded by police body cameras, but wasn't made public until this week. It shows Lopez repeatedly pleading for water in English and Spanish and calling for his grandmother. Autopsy reports show the cause of death was physical restraint and sudden cardiac arrest due to cocaine intoxication.
Latino leaders in Tucson and across the country are expressing outrage and anguish and are demanding accountability and change to the systematic racism plaguing police departments nationwide.