On the Death of Oral Nunis, Sr
Re: Should we call on the police when loved ones are having a mental health crisis?
On August 20, 2021, Chula Vista police released body-worn camera footage from March of 2020 showing the moments leading up to the death of a Northern California man, Oral Nunis Sr., following an encounter with officers in a South Bay neighborhood.
After watching the Body Worn Camera footage, the NAACP San Diego Branch is sickened by the force and de-escalation tactics used on Mr. Nunis: one, the immediate call for handcuffs by Chief Kennedy when Mr. Nunis didn’t show signs of aggression; two, the act of force (knee) used on Mr. Nunis, a senior citizen, to pin him down; and three the mesh bag over Mr. Nunis head to prevent him from spitting when clearly there was no such act shown on the footage or reported by the officers.
This incident sheds light on the need for MCRT/PERT for 9-1-1 calls for the mentally ill.
The fact that the Chula Vista Police Department chose to wait a whole year to publish this footage, especially in the wake of police transparency and accountability after the George Floyd movement, is extremely shocking. This type of behavior by the Chula Vista Police Department, stalling the publication of this footage, reveals their need to protect its officers versus its citizens, which the Nunis family was requesting for that night..
NAACP San Diego Branch requests to get copies of all the maintenance logs in order to see how often these “bumps” and “malfunctions” occur, and whether there is a disparity in these rates between officers or departments.
Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch
Prince Sefa-Boakye, Chair
NAACP San Diego Branch Legal Redress Committee
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