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Video: Phoenix Police Questioned After In-Custody Death

August 21, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Phoenix Man Dies After Arrest

The family of a man who died after Phoenix Police arrested him at an apartment complex has questioned the tactics police used to take him into custody.

The family of Michael Angel Ruiz, 44, told KPHO that he has had a history of drug use but was "trying to lead an honest life."

Officers encountered Ruiz on July 28 standing on the roof of his apartment complex near 23rd Avenue and Indian School. Ruiz eventually came down. When he did, officers TASERed him and placed in a choke-hold. His hands and feet were handcuffed and he was dragged down stairs with his head unsupported.

Ruiz's father, a retired LAPD detective, said his son was brain dead when he reached the hospital.

Tags: Phoenix PD, In-Custody Deaths, Retired Officers, Families of Officers


Comments (8)

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Chief B @ 8/22/2013 6:50 AM

He was brain dead when he was standing on the roof. Who witnessed the "choke-hold". Why is it that everyone who is arrested was always "trying to lead an honest life"? If he has a history of drug use, that doesn't sound like an honest life.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/22/2013 3:55 PM

Sounds like Phoenix needs a good old fashhioned DOJ investigation. This isnt the first time this kind of thing has happened and it wont be the last. Watch the TV news video because they captured everything on tape. This was a very serious civil rights violation and needs to be completely investigated. Phoenix has been heading down the wrong path for quite a while now and they need to be trained to be more professional and change their current tatics. Since the TV news report shows the victim was completely compliant with all commands it does look as though the hyped up officers over reacted with excessive force. Tazing someone once they are secured should never happen, at that point tazing is torture and is being used outside of policy. The police officers were yelling at him to stop resisting but he was not in any way resisting and lack of any threat to the officers is plainly visible on the video. Then dragging him down the steps after they had choked him unconscious with his head banging on every metal step on the way down was an intentional assault on their part and the officers need to be charged with negligent homicide. The victims actions appear to have been from some sort of a mental problem but not one of his actions justified killing him, he was no threat to anyone except maybe himself.

Veteran LEO @ 8/23/2013 8:45 AM

I rarely agree with little green men (leprechaun). But this doesn't look good.

Czar @ 8/23/2013 8:48 AM

Phoenix Police 1 - Wack-head Doper 0. (Ima... I watched that video. And after viewing it and re-reading your posts, 'm not sure you have a clue. Please start a Fund Anything account to see if you can get donations to buy one. Ever try to carry an unconscious person? Didn't think so. Go back to your Monday-Morning Quarterback couch and fix the world. You'll be great at it.)

Trigger @ 8/23/2013 9:00 AM

As happened many times in the past the media and "witnesses" see and say what they think will better them. We were not present during this event and as such should not be pointing fingers or second guessing the actions of these officers. Attacking the Phoenix Police Department will accomplish nothing. If there were officers that over stepped their authority I am sure it will be dealt with. I have been in law enforcement for over 30 years and have seen many agencies suffer from a few bad apples, this unfortuantely make the entire agency look bad. Let's see what the outcome of this is before we execute the police. You may be in the cross hairs someday, think how you would feel!

Capt. Crunch @ 8/23/2013 9:48 AM

I feel sorry for the father (brother officer) to have to see his son arrested, but his son was resisting arrest. The police were just doing their job.

Sherry @ 8/26/2013 6:46 AM

Officers does it take to change a lightbulb? The first comment, the whole thing was right on target excellent. now considering this person is supposed to be innocent before being proven guilty he really was treated bad and it is torture to be tazed when you are already confined. just as people get addicted to drugs people also get addicted to adrenaline and our officers here in Phoenix are spun ducks on adrenaline.

Sherry @ 8/26/2013 6:54 AM

Phoenix has many officers that are way too aggressive for the normal public citizen. it is 110 to 115 degrees out here in summertime and they slam people's faces down on the car hood or on the pavement with their knee on their head and that's bullcrap. Phoenix Police Department is the biggest gang in town with a badge and the most violent. when you call the police here you are calling a very very violent group of people.

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