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Hernan Jaramillo, 51
Oakland, California
July 08, 2013

Agencies: Oakland Police Department California

Last updated: 7 months ago

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Hernan Jaramillo, a 51-year-old immigrant from Colombia, was dragged out of his bedroom and murdered in front of his sister by OPD on July 8, 2013. The video footage of his murder was withheld from the family for over 2 years. It was obtained by an investigative journalist Dan Lawton, and published in January 2016. As a result, the family has decided not to accept a settlement, and will be pursuing a trial.

Body cam captures man’s final words—begging the cops to get off of him "Sir, we're not killing you," one of a handful of officers is overheard saying "They're killing me right now... I can't breathe."Those are among the final words of an Oakland man shouting to his sister as Oakland Police Department officers pinned him to the ground—a knee on his back—moments before he died. Hernan Jaramillo screamed those words over and again, according to grainy body cam footage from the 2013 incident that sparked a civil rights lawsuit (PDF) the city is now settling (PDF) for $450,000.

"Sir, we're not killing you," one of the handful of officers on the scene is overheard saying calmly. Minutes later, the 51-year-old man is dead. The footage has been sealed under a protective order, but the Contra Costa Times managed to get ahold of it and published it Tuesday.

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