The household of a person, who was killed by a prepare at Lengthy Seaside, California, a yr in the past, launched a metro safety video Wednesday, which confirmed the person being tackled by a police personnel on the platform. The person’s mom claimed that the video confirmed an officer throwing her son on to the tracks earlier than the prepare ran over him.
The video, captured by safety cameras aboard a Blue Line prepare, reveals the wrestle between 23-year-old Cesar Rodriguez and a Lengthy Seaside police officer on a Metro Rail platform.
The incident happened on Aug 29, 2017. The family accused the officer of throwing Rodriguez into the path of the oncoming train, which ultimately took his life. Rodriguez’s sister, Evelia Granados, told CBS Los Angeles that it took months to amass the video footage.
“Once we seen that video it was like lots of the questions that we had as a household we had been capable of get them answered,” Granados stated.
Lengthy Seaside Police Division stated Rodriguez fell again onto the tracks by accident following the scuffle with the officer.
The video was launched by the household at a vigil held for Rodriguez on Wednesday to mark the one yr anniversary of his loss of life on the Wardlow Station on the Metro Blue Line.
Rodriguez’s family said he was trapped between the train and platform for 20 minutes. Firefighters used airbags to free him. Rodriguez was alert when he was rushed to a local hospital, but died due to his injuries later.
“He has family. He is able to go back to his family,” Granados said of the police officer in the video. “My brother didn’t make it back home.”
According to the police, Rodriguez was stopped on suspicion of not paying his fare for the train. When the police found drugs on him, he tried to run away from the officers. The scuffle between Rodriguez and the officer happened as a consequence, they said.
“As a train was inbound to the station, a person involved in the police activity left a portion of their body exposed over the edge of the platform and was struck by the incoming train,” Long Beach police Sgt. James Richardson said at the time, Press Telegram reported.
The police later stated they had been conducting “enforcement actions” when the incident occurred. The legal professional for Rodriguez’s household stated the officer mustn’t have tackled him when he was standing so near the tracks.
“It’s an instance of only a full disregard of security,” the legal professional stated.
The officer remains to be employed with the Lengthy Seaside Police Division. The division refused to supply the identify of the officer or any additional info on the problem resulting from an impending lawsuit.