Authorities release video and 911 call as detectives probe death of man who struggled with Pasadena police officers – Los Angeles Times

Pasadena police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigators released late Friday night grainy security video and a 911 call from the family of a man who died after officers Tasered and restrained him at an apartment complex in northwest Pasadena.

Authorities have yet to identify the dead man, but relatives and neighbors said he was Reginald Thomas, a father of eight who was known to many as Junior.

Pasadena police received a call from a cellphone around 2 a.m. but could not locate the specific address, said Capt. Steve Katz. At 2:35 a.m., police received a second call from the cellphone with a report of a family disturbance.

During the call, a brief struggle could be heard over the phone. 

A male caller said Thomas had a knife and was holding it under his armpit, but had not threatened them with it.

When the operator asked if Thomas had any mental conditions, the caller didn’t know, but said that Thomas was on drugs.

“He’s high though. I can tell that,” he said.

Later, the male caller added that Thomas was known to be violent.

When officers arrived at Orange Grove Gardens in the 200 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard, they found the man, along with a woman and two teenagers, inside the apartment. The officers “saw him with a knife. He was at the door,” Katz said.

When the man refused to cooperate with police, officers fired their Tasers at him twice, authorities said.

“The man resisted, and they used physical force and restrained him,” Katz said. As officers placed handcuffs on the man, they noticed he was in distress and immediately began life-saving measures, Katz said.

Grainy security footage showed the officers walking to the door, but the actual confrontation could not be clearly seen.

The Pasadena Fire Department received a call at 3 a.m. from police about a man not breathing, spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.

When firefighters arrived, they determined “it was a fatality,” she said.


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