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EPPD release body-cam footage from ‘in-custody death’ in South-Central

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The El Paso Police Department has launched physique digicam footage from an “in-custody death” that occurred Sunday afternoon, April 14, in South-Central El Paso.

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The video footage was launched on YouTube on Thursday night, May 2.

EPPD confirmed that 35-year-old Jonathan Rose Eddens died through the incident.

The incident occurred round 3:16 p.m. alongside the 3300 block of Alameda. EPPD initially stated that the person was operating in and out of site visitors and died after he was taken to the hospital.

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Here is a link to the physique digicam footage that was launched by the Police Department. Police warn that the video might comprise content material that’s unsuitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is suggested.

In the video, a number of officers could be seen following the person.

An officer repeatedly tells the person, “Come here,” and “What happened to your face?” because the man was bleeding from his face.

The officer proceeds to ask if he wished the ambulance to examine him since he was bleeding “a lot.”

A second officer could be seen following the person and calling for him. “Take a seat or I’m going to tase you,” the officer stated.

One of the officers tells the opposite officers to be careful as a result of the person was threatening to stab them in the event that they received close to.

Moments later, officers are seen surrounding the person and making an attempt to get him down whereas he screams, “Jesus, thank you.”

The man is ready to escape and run away from the officers whereas they carry on chasing him.

An officer tased the person and he fell to the bottom. The man retains screaming “Jesus,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Jesus, I love you” whereas officers ask him a number of instances to show round.

The officers then seem like pining him down and telling him to calm down and that it’s over.

Finally, officers seem like serving to Fire Medical Services to get the person into the ambulance.

EPPD stated eight officers in complete had been concerned in the incident.

“In our commitment to transparency and community engagement, the El Paso Police Department is releasing this critical incident community brief concerning an in-custody death that occurred on April 14, 2024. This video is intended to provide our community with context and preliminary information surrounding the events of that day. Please note that the content presented is preliminary and not indicative of the final findings regarding the incident. The El Paso Police Department is dedicated to a thorough investigation process. Conclusions regarding the incident will only be drawn upon completing all investigative efforts, including analysis by independent agencies.”

The investigation is being carried out by the El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit and The Texas Rangers, in accordance with EPPD. The El Paso Police Department Internal Affairs Division is conducting the executive investigation.

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