She Called Police To Help Get Her Son To A Hospital. Instead, They Killed Him.
"Officers were called because Jonathan was schizophrenic and having an episode. He was meant to be taken to a hospital to get the proper care." Instead, police suffocated him.
According to his sister, the officers involved had previous violations on their records. They still work for the Whittier Police Department.
"On May 4th, 2017, my brother Jonathan Salcido was MURDERED by police officers," writes Janine Carr on Facebook.
Her emotional post came days after the murder of George Floyd.
"[Jonathan] was restrained in handcuffs and suffocated to death by 6 police officers piled on top of him which is excessive force. My parents Jasmin Salcido and Gary Salcido both witnessed their son being murdered by the police officers. This is something no parent should ever have to endure," writes Janine.
"The correlation between Jonathan Salcido and George Floyd’s murder is undeniable. I feel a mix of emotions reliving this painful time for myself and my family. Nonetheless, I need to tell my brother's story because he no longer can."
This is Jonathan's story.
On May 3rd, twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan told his mother, Jasmin Salcido, he was feeling "psychotic," according to the District Attorney's report.
She immediately called his doctor and the hospital, trying to find an inpatient placement for him. She was told no beds were available.
By the time a bed finally became available the next day, Jonathan had become "out of touch with reality," according to his mother.
"Officers were called because Jonathan was schizophrenic and he was having an episode. He was meant to be taken into a hospital to get the proper care necessary, but instead, these six police officers piled on top of Jonathan," reads the petition, "Justice For Jonathan Salcido."
"Jonathan's parents were witnesses and vocalized that he could not breathe."
According to the D.A.'s report, officers wrestled Jonathan to the ground and at least one officer put his entire body weight on Jonathan.
By the time the ambulance arrived, Jonathan was turning blue.
"Firefighters immediately realized Jonathan was in distress and started lifesaving measures, but they were unable to feel a pulse and were unable to revive him," reads the report.
The Medical Examiner, Dr. Ogbonna Chinwah, determined that Jonathan died of "consequences of schizophrenia." Schizophrenia is not a fatal disease.
"The police officers who murdered my brother are still working for Whittier Police Department," writes Janine. "There was no justice for Jonathan and certainly no consequences for the police officers involved. The police officers involved had previous violations on their record prior to this incident."
The official report names Lamarr Tinnin, Roy Benavidez, and Jim Azpilcueta as the officers who used physical force to "restrain" Jonathan, stating that several others were present, but had no physical contact.
Jonathan should be alive today.
Police should not be responding to mental health crises. Police should not be responding to calls about struggles with substance abuse or homelessness. There are unarmed civilians who are much better equipped to handle these types of situations.
The police culture of brutality and institutional racism is too deeply rooted.
The movement to defund police is not a movement to remove all funding from police departments, but rather to reallocate funds to services that make communities safer, like mental health services, youth and rehabilitation programs, affordable housing and health care.
Statistics show that expanding police does not make us safer, and aggressive policing actually makes communities less safe.
Even in cities where police departments have adopted reforms, police abuse and deaths from excessive use of force continue, with impunity. The officers who killed Breonna Taylor and Jonathan Salcido have not been charged, and the same is true in cases of excessive and lethal force across the nation.
In fact, when policemen are fired or resign after incidents of excessive force, which cities spend tens of millions of taxpayer dollars every year to settle, police departments in other cities are happy to hire them.
Police must be held accountable. No more qualified immunity.
The answer is not more policing, but less.
The more we invest in our communities, the safer they will be. By addressing people's needs, we address crime at the root, and we save lives.