Tuscon Police Chief Chris Magnus offered to resign on Wednesday after the death of a 27-year-old man who reportedly died while in police custody.
Magnus made the offer during a press conference after Carlos Ingram-Lopez’s death was made public, according to The Associated Press. Tuscon City Council and the city manager have yet to sign the waiver before it becomes official.
Ingram-Lopez died of a sudden cardiac arrest on April 21, while handcuffed and restrained after taking cocaine, the medical examiner’s office said.
Her grandmother had called the police after Ingram-Lopez began to behave erratically, the AP reported. She was lying face down on the floor with a blanket over her head when she stopped breathing.
Mayor Regina Romero, a Democrat, said she is still contemplating Magnus’ offer to resign, but praised him as the “honest and excellent” chief of police.
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Magnus also said that the three officers who answered the call had “committed multiple policy violations and were unable to handle the incident according to their training.” All three officers have resigned, but they probably would have been fired anyway, he added.
The county attorney’s office is still conducting a criminal investigation and has not yet announced whether to press charges against any of the officers who were present.
A video shared with the press on Wednesday showed Ingram-Lopez running around a dark hysterical garage before officers handcuffed him.
Ingram-Lopez can be heard hovering on the ground and babbling, as officers ask him to calm down. She then made multiple requests for water several times while still groaning. One of the officers put a yellow plastic blanket over her body, before adding another, while Ingram-Lopez continued to fight and scream.
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After several minutes, he stopped moving and was later pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. Officers had administered chest compressions before he was officially pronounced dead, according to the AP.