Black man dies after being restrained by security guards in US

The death of a black man who was pinned to the ground by security guards at a Wisconsin hotel last month has left his family with more questions than answers, despite witnesses capturing parts of the incident, CNN reported.

Dvontaye Mitchell, 43, was at the downtown Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee on June 30 when police allege he “caused a disturbance,” prompting security guards to escort him out of the hotel, according to a statement from Mitchell’s family attorney, Ben Crump.

In a clip shared on social media, four security guards are seen holding Mitchell down on the ground. In the video, Mitchell grunts and pleads with the guards, repeatedly saying “please” and “I’m sorry.”

One of the guards can be heard ordering Mitchell to “stay on the ground” and “stop fighting,” while the others restrain him. The same guard then addresses witnesses and says, “This is what happens when you walk into the women’s bathroom.”

The circumstances leading to Mitchell’s interaction with security guards, the response time of police officers, and Mitchell’s activities at the hotel remain unclear.

Upon arrival, officers found Mitchell unresponsive. Despite life-saving attempts, he was pronounced dead, Milwaukee police confirmed to CNN on Tuesday, though Mitchell was not identified in their statement.

According to Karen Domagalski of the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, the preliminary cause of Mr. Mitchell’s death is homicide, although a final determination is still pending.

“The cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results and further investigation,” Domagalski said. “We do not have a timeline to determine when this case will be finalized.”

The incident comes as the use of force, especially against people of color, by police and others in positions of authority remains under scrutiny, nearly four years after protests erupted across the country following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

DeAsia Harmon, Mitchell’s widow, shared with CNN affiliate WTMJ on Monday that every time Mitchell’s children watch television, they are reminded of how their father passed away.

“We couldn’t even walk into the grocery store with my daughter without being scared of the security at the door,” Harmon said. “She was like, ‘Are all security bad or just the ones who killed my dad?'”

The media outlet reported that the security guards involved in the incident have been suspended.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Dvontaye Mitchell, all those who knew and loved him, and the Milwaukee community in light of this tragedy,” the spokesperson said. “As the investigation continues, Hyatt is fully committed to supporting efforts to help ensure accountability for the circumstances that led to Dvontaye Mitchell’s death.”

According to Crump, Milwaukee police are not treating the incident as a criminal investigation because there is no evidence of “blunt force.”

“It is unacceptable that this case is not considered a criminal investigation despite the fatal outcome, which the medical examiner is ruling as a homicide,” Crump said.

Mitchell’s mother, Brenda Giles, said her oldest son was a cheerful, outgoing brother, uncle and father who loved his family, she told WTMJ.

“Everyone who knows him knows that,” his sister, Nayisha Mitchell, told the station. “They knew he was a good person.”

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