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Analysis posted Aug 21 2013, 7:54 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Phoenix Police Taser Man To Get Him Off Roof Of His Apartment, Place Him In Chokehold, Drag Him Down Staircase Face-Down, Man Dies

Chris | InformationLiberation


“I've got one tool, that tool is to beat people up and take them to jail.”

So said Phoenix police officer Richard Greco, who was fired last month after lapel cam footage of him insulting citizens was reviewed by Phoenix police. At the time, I noted his fault was telling people what he actually thought. In this extremely disturbing video also out of Phoenix, Arizona we see his fellow Phoenix officers, who were called to "help" a man, using the only "tool" they know of to solve social problems, raw violence.

From PoliceStateUSA:
PHOENIX, AZ — A 44-year-old man climbed onto the roof of his apartment and began acting strangely. Police arrived to help him down, but instead ended up killing him with a series of offensive maneuvers including tasing him while in a choke-hold, and finally dragging his lifeless body down a staircase, with his skull banging against every step.

Michael Angel Ruiz is the son of a retired LAPD detective and had a history of drug addiction.  On July 28, for reasons unknown, he climbed onto the roof of his apartment.  Witnesses called the police to protect his safety. This turned out to have been a fatal decision.

Ruiz, while he may not have been sober, was not acting aggressively towards anyone.  Police attempted to get him to come down without success.  They resorted to tasing him on the roof, a violation of Phoenix Police Department’s own department policy against using a stun gun on someone who is in danger of falling, reported Sara Goldenberg of ABC 15 Arizona.  Witnesses say that police tased him several times on the rooftop.

After sustaining electric shocks from police, Ruiz complied with requests to come off the roof.  Video taken by witnesses shows him hopping down to a balcony.  An unidentified Phoenix police officer immediately greeted him with a choke-hold.  Police used overwhelming force on the man, who had still shown no signs of aggression.  Witness Gary Carthen told ABC 15 that Ruiz was “getting choked out and tased at the same time.”  He remained in a choke-hold for at least three minutes, reported KPHO.

The most disturbing moments were to come.  Michael Ruiz, now fully restrained, was dragged down the concrete stairs on his face.  As deputies held his arms behind his back, they allowed his head to dangle and thump against every stair.  At this point Ruiz may have already lost consciousness, and was making no attempt to lift his head.  Video shows him lifelessly suffering head trauma on the descent down the stair case.

“I just felt sick to my stomach,” said Richard Erickson, the man’s father, to ABC 15. “I’d never seen anything like this before, even when I was with the police department.”

Ruiz had to be resuscitated at the scene, but was determined to be brain-dead at the hospital, according to KPHO.  His family took him off of life-support on August 2.

Witness Verna Young said she could audibly hear the thumps of his face against the stairs.  “I started crying ’cause that’s not right, to hurt nobody like that,” she said. “He didn’t deserve that. He was a nice person, very nice.”

“I miss him a lot. He was a good man,” said Michael’s father. Ruiz left behind 2 children and a wife.

Phoenix Police are remaining tight-lipped about their treatment of Michael Ruiz and an “administrative investigation” will commence.

Video coverage of the incident can be viewed here.

Give the city of Phoenix some feedback on the incident at the following locations:

Phoenix Police Department
Information Line: (602) 262-7626
Email:  Contact Us

Follow Phoenix PD on Facebook:  City of Phoenix Police Department

Phoenix City Hall
Phone: 602-262-6011
Email: contactus@phoenix.gov





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Anonymous

Posted: Aug 21 2013, 10:41 AM

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70209 THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTED FOR MURDER AND ALL OTHER PIGS SHOULD GO BACK TO TRAINING N REVIEWING THE LAWS N ACTUALLY GIVE A DAMN ABOUT PEOPLES SAFETY INSTEAD OF GOING ON CRAZY POWER TRIPS ON THE WEAK, THAT IS JYST CRUEL AND WRONG AND HOW SAD TO SAY I LIVE IN AZ AND CANT TRUST THE POLICE TO KEEP ME SAFE.
dougo

Posted: Aug 21 2013, 12:07 PM

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687 we are from the government and we are here to help.his dad's karma of association came around and bit him in the ass hard.
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 21 2013, 1:15 PM

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72223 This puts a whole new meaning on "Stairway to Heaven"
The fallen

Posted: Aug 21 2013, 3:52 PM

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9964 We as citizens will not put up with this any longer!!! were tired of the bastards hiding behind the badge. Protect and serve the people my ass!! more like beat and kill us is more like it, then ask questions. this man's death will not go unpunished, we will make sure of that. These so called cops will pay with the loss of their jobs, and or jail time. Attorneys for the family will make sure of that.

Phoenix citizens will unite and stop these animals from running wild in the police department, this indescribable act needs to be addressed by the country. New protocols and arresting methods need to be implemented starting with the Phoenix police department, there is no excuse for why this man died!! this need to end now.......
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 22 2013, 6:46 AM

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17422 lol @ the homo who said it was a tough call for police after it was established he didn't have a weapon... dumb dumb.......da dumb...
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 22 2013, 11:28 AM

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820 UK ] just another day across the USA as the sound of the Jack Boots of the Gestapo spread from state to state. So this incident will result as always in the officer receiving paid gardening leave, then its back to normal on full pay.
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 24 2013, 1:07 AM

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72208 This POLICE STATE NAZI behavior must stop NOW!!! Time for the citiizens of this country to STAND UP and BAND together!!!! These murdering thugs need to be put in prison for their crimes....PEOPLE TIME FOR A MULTI MILLION MAN PROTEST....THEY WORK FOR US....OUR TAXES PAY THEIR SALARIES!!!! NOW LET'S GET THEM FIRED!!!!
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