‘THE POLICE ARE KILLING ME’: Man Complains He Can’t Breathe … Dies in Cop Custody

Published on March 6, 2015

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COCONUT CREEK (CBSMiami) — John Arendale and Bonnie Eshleman were sound asleep when the sound of a commotion outside their front door, followed by two loud, firecracker sounding pops, roused them from their bed to see what was happening.

Eshleman looked out her kitchen window and saw as many as five Coconut Creek police officers standing around a man on the ground. The firecracker sound she heard was the shot discharged from the Tasers fired by two of the officers into the man, who appeared to be writhing in pain.

“He was yelling, `Baby, baby, baby. They’re going to kill me,” she recalled to CBS4’s Jim DeFede.

From another window in their condo, Arendale watched the officers, as well. He said as they attempted to handcuff the man, one of the officers yelled at him, “Don’t move or I’ll break your [expletive] arm.”

Arendale said as they lifted the man up, he tried to run, but only got a few steps before he was hit with two more rounds from the Tasers. The man collapsed. Arendale said the man complained, “I can’t breathe.”

A few minutes later the man appeared dead.

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