(Dan Tri) – Before the shocking incident of George Floyd, another black man also died after being controlled by the police to the point of `not being able to breathe`.


According to Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Washington state, USA, four police officers met Manuel Ellis, 33 years old, on the evening of March 3 when they stopped their car at an intersection in Tacoma.

“He was struggling at the intersection, they asked him if he was okay and if he needed help.

Four officers, including two white, one black and one Asian, handcuffed Ellis.

“Ellis was restrained while he continued to be aggressive,” a Tacoma Police Department statement said.

Troyer said he did not know the details of how police officers restrained Ellis because police did not carry body cameras.

“The main reason he was restrained was so he wouldn’t hurt himself or the officers.

Ellis was still breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene minutes later.

According to a report by the Pierce County Coroner’s Office, Ellis died from respiratory arrest, lack of oxygen and body control.

When the whole United States was seething over the death of George Floyd, an African American who was knelt to death by police in Minnesota on May 25, Ellis’ family also spoke out calling for justice for this man.

Relatives said Ellis is the father of an 11-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl.

`What they heard was the man on the tape saying: ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.’

A Pierce Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the only video investigators have was recorded from a nearby home’s security camera.

Ms. Victoria Woodards, Mayor of Tacoma, said at a press conference on June 5 that she learned about the autopsy results on June 2, three months after Ellis died.

Investigators said what happened to Ellis was not similar to Floyd’s.


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