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Body cam footage shows cops making jokes after pinned man went unconscious

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Newly released body camera footage showed Dallas police officers joking after a pinned, handcuffed man who later died became unresponsive, rather than checking his pulse or performing CPR, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In the footage, officers who pinned Tony Timpa to the ground by his shoulders, knees and neck are depicted taking four minutes after Timpa became unresponsive to perform CPR, instead making jokes about waking him up for school.

{mosads}Officers claimed to have believed Timpa was asleep, and to have heard him snoring while he was face-down in the grass with his arms handcuffed behind his back and his legs zip-tied.

A federal judge on Monday ordered the release of the footage from Timpa’s 2016 death in response to a motion by the newspaper and NBC5, ruling “the public has a compelling interest in understanding what truly took place during a fatal exchange between a citizen and law enforcement.”

Timpa was restrained after calling 911 and telling a dispatcher that he was a paranoid schizophrenic who was off his medication and needed help.

City and county officials fought since September 2016 against the public release of the records, first arguing it could compromise an ongoing investigation and later because a criminal case against three indicted officers never made it to trial.

Officers Kevin Mansell, Danny Vasquez and Dustin Dillard were indicted in 2017 on misdemeanor deadly conduct charges, but Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot dismissed the charges that March, saying medical examiners told him they did not believe the officers acted recklessly.

The footage depicts Dillard pinning Timpa to the ground with his knee in Timpa’s back for nearly 15 minutes, which, combined with bound arms and legs, is a controversial method of restraint known as the “prone position” that studies have suggested increases the risk of asphyxiation.

The Hill has reached out to the Dallas Police Department for comment.

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