The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that the death of an Oxnard man who died in custody was the result of asphyxia, from active prone restraint, and that they are classifying it as a homicide.
Oxnard Police were called to a home on the 1100 block of South L Street June 23rd by reports of a man overdosing on drugs. Officers say they tried to restrain Robert Ramirez, and that after they had him handcuffed, they noticed he had stopped breathing, and paramedics were unable to revive him.
The Medical Examiner’s office says it found that compression force, handcuffs and leg restraints led to a loss of consciousness, and cardiopulmonary arrest.
Toxicology results show that Ramirez had extremely high amounts of methamphetamine in his body.
Ramirez’s family contends he was beaten by police before he died, and are pursuing legal action against police, and the City of Oxnard.
Oxnard Police say they didn’t strike, or choke the man, and were just trying to deal with his erratic behavior.
The autopsy results are being forwarded to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether it will pursue charges of criminal wrongdoing.