Facts About Tony Timpa
Neither an actor nor he belongs to the Entertainment industry but came into the spotlight just because of his assault by the police before his death. Yes, we are talking about Tony Timpa who is rapidly highlighted in social networking sites. Today, let's explore in detail about the Tony Timpa biography in detail below.
Body Cam Footage Shows Officers Mocking Tony Timpa as He Dies
On Aug. 10, 2016, Tony Timpa called 911 from the parking lot of an adult video store, claiming he was scared and needed help. The 32-year-old reportedly told the dispatcher he was off his schizophrenia medication and admitted to taking illegal drugs. Dallas police arrived on the scene shortly after, and restrained Timpa using controversial methods: They placed him in handcuffs, zip-tied his legs, and pinned him face-down on the ground. The unarmed man died moments later.
Body camera footage recently obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows the events leading up to Timpa's death. The video was released Monday by order of a federal judge who decided "the public has a compelling interest in understanding what truly took place during a fatal exchange between a citizen and law enforcement."
In the footage, Timpa can be heard crying for help as officers surround him. "You're going to kill me! You're going to kill me!" he screamed while handcuffed on the ground before he becomes unresponsive.
Though he was apparently unconscious at the time, a paramedic administered a sedative. Officers are then heard saying that Timpa was simply "out cold."
"It's time for school. Wake up!" a cop mockingly said. "I don’t want to go to school! Five more minutes, Mom!"
The officers continued to joke about the situation as Timpa remains motionless on the grass. Four minutes after the man stopped responding, paramedics performed CPR.
"He didn’t just die down there did he?" an officer said after Timpa was placed onto a gurney. "I hope I didn't kill him."
A Dallas County medical examiner ruled Timpa's death a homicide, and said it was caused by "the toxic effects of cocaine and the stress associated with physical restraint."
What is the reason behind Tony Timpa's death?
The recently released body camera video reveals that Timpa was pleading with the officers before he lost consciousness and died. “You’re gonna kill me!” Timpa shouted numerous times. By the time he was loaded into an ambulance, he was dead. “He didn’t just die down there did he?” an officer asked after Timpa lost consciousness. “I hope I didn’t kill him.”
An autopsy ruled that Timpa’s cause of death was a homicide. The medical examiner said Timpa died from sudden cardiac arrest due to “the toxic effects of cocaine and the stress associated with physical restraint.”
Why Timpa's family filed a federal lawsuit against Dallas Police?
A federal lawsuit was filed by Timpa’s family alleging excessive force by the officers. The video and records obtained by The Dallas Morning News contradict the Dallas police defense of the officers.
A police incident report from the night of Timpa’s death claimed that Timpa was “aggressive and combative” even though he was already handcuffed by a security guard when police arrived and never threatened police.
Police also claimed that the use of force was necessary to stop Timpa from rolling into a busy street but the video shows that a police car was blocking traffic near where Timpa was pinned down.
Who are the Assaulters of Tony Timpa's?
The three officers involved in the incident Kevin Mansell, Danny Vasquez, and Dustin Dillard were indicted by a grand jury in 2017 after The Dallas Morning News investigated the death.
The grand jury indicted the officers on misdemeanor deadly conduct. The indictment said the “officers engaged in reckless conduct that placed Timpa in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.”Earlier this year, Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot dismissed the charges against the officers. Creuzot told The Dallas Morning News that “all three examiners” who testified before the grand jury “cannot, and will not, testify to the elements of the indictment beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The three officers have disciplined for “conduct discrediting” the police force but the allegations were dropped after Creuzot dismissed the criminal charges.
Police records obtained by the outlet show that Mansell and Vasquez were placed on administrative leave in December 2017 and Dillard was placed on administrative leave in March. The officers were allowed to return to active duty after prosecutors dropped the charges in March.