Police body cam shows arrest of Hayward man who died in custody

James Greer, 46, was stopped under suspicion of driving under the influence in May 2014 in Hayward, California. After initial sobriety tests were administered peacefully, the altercation that followed involved Greer being wrestled to the ground and being tased unconscious. An hour after the initial stop, Greer was pronounced dead.

    2016/05/20

NSFW    Bad Cop

HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA — The family of a man, who died in police custody, has released bodycam footage of the arrest that led to his death.

The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the arresting officers citing the video has evidence in their case.

On May 23, 2014, James Greer, 46, was stopped under suspicion of driving under the influence in Hayward, California.

According to ABC7 News, the incident was captured on four different police body cams, but at one point only one was filming.

The video showed Greer cooperating with four officers from the Hayward Police Department, who pulled him over. Greer got out his vehicle and was immediately searched. He then participated in a few sobriety tests.

At one point, Greer explains he has a stomach hernia and a knee injury. When he began questioning officers, things got physical. A number of officers attempt to handcuff Greer, who weighs 380 pounds. During the scuffle, BART police officers arrived on scene.

Greer could be heard screaming and asking, "What are you doing?" as he is wrestled to the ground.

Police report tasing Greer three times. Then, they applied a restraint device called "The Wrap" designed to safely immobilize a suspect.

Greer tells officers to "get off me," breathing heavily. Police tell him to "relax." As officers tell Greer, who is lying on his stomach, they are going to roll him over, the man stops being responsive. When officers roll him over, Greer had lost consciousness.

Body cam footage revealed at least 10 officers were present during the altercation.

About one hour after he was pulled over, Greer was pronounced dead at Saint Rose hospital. The coroner listed Greer's cause of death as "PCP intoxication associated with physical exertion."
In May 2014, James Greer was pulled over in Hayward, California, under suspicion of driving under the influence. ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
In May 2014, James Greer was pulled over in Hayward, California, under suspicion of driving under the influence. ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Greer was stopped by four officers from the Hayward Police Department, all wearing body cams. LIVELEAK
Greer was stopped by four officers from the Hayward Police Department, all wearing body cams. LIVELEAK
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