Phoenix police officers held a man on hot asphalt for almost six minutes before dying in custody on August 4, bodycam video released by the police department on August 20 showed.
Ramon Timothy Lopez was chased after allegedly stealing a drink from a convenience store in Phoenix, Arizona. Video shows Lopez being tackled on a road and restrained by the pursuing officer and multiple other officers who arrive shortly after.
The video goes on the show him being put in a leg restraint and moved into the back of a police vehicle, at which point he is not responsive. One officer can be heard saying at the 11:58 mark of the video that he was breathing.
Lopez was then taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:20 am according to reports.
Temperatures were as high as 99 degrees in Phoenix at the time of the arrest according to local reports. Credit: Arizona Police via Storyful