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The police in the US state of Ohio released a video of a Black man identified as Mr Tyson who died at a local hospital after repeatedly telling police officers, “I can’t breathe” as they pinned him to the floor of a bar and handcuffed him, evoking painful memories of the police brutality shown in the killing of George Floyd in 2020.

Frank Tyson, 53, was apprehended by police officers after being suspected of leaving the scene of a single-car accident on April 18.

Police body-camera footage released Wednesday, April 24, shows a Canton police officer responding to a report of a crash and finding Frank Tyson, a 53-year-old East Canton resident, by the bar in a nearby AMVETS post.

The crash which occured at about 8pm on April 18 had severed a utility pole.

Officer Beau Schoenegge’s body-camera footage shows that after a passing motorist directed police to the bar, a woman opened the door and said: “Please get him out of here, now.”

Police grabbed Tyson and he resisted being handcuffed and said repeatedly, “They’re trying to kill me” and “Call the sheriff,” as he was taken to the floor.

They restrained him, including with a knee on his back, and he immediately told officers he could not breathe.

Officers told Tyson he was fine. They urged him to calm down and to stop fighting as he was facedown with his legs crossed on the carpeted floor.

Police were joking with bystanders and searching through Tyson’s wallet before realizing he was in a medical crisis.

Five minutes after the body-camera footage recorded Tyson saying “I can’t breathe,” one officer asked another if Tyson had calmed down.

The other replied, “He might be out.”

Tyson did not move when an officer told him to stand and tried to roll him over. They shook him and checked for a pulse. Minutes later, an officer said medics needed to “step it up” because Tyson was not responding and the officer was unsure if he could feel a pulse. Officers then began CPR.

The Canton police report about Tyson’s death that was issued Friday, April 26, said that “shortly after securing him,” officers “recognized that Tyson had become unresponsive” and that CPR was performed.

Doses of Narcan were also administered before medics arrived.

Tyson was pronounced dead at a hospital less than an hour later.

Meanwhile, Tyson telling officers he was unable to breathe echoes the events preceding the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in 2020.

Tyson was black, according to the coroner’s office. The race of the police officers has not been confirmed.

Chief investigator Harry Campbell with the Stark County Coroner’s Office said Thursday, April 25, an autopsy was conducted earlier in the week and Tyson’s remains were released to a funeral home.

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