The incident came to light in late June with the release of a video with a body camera.
Ted Schmidt, a lawyer for Ingram-Lopez’s family, said he was not surprised that the city did not charge officials.
“My research shows that the last time the district attorney was ready to charge a police officer was in 1988,” he told CNN. “Typically, their response to something like this … is to say they won̵
In the early morning of April 21, Tucson police officers were called to a home where Ingram-Lopez was found “drunk, screaming and running around the house naked,” police chief Chris Magnus told a news conference on June 26.
The video of the body camera shows officers fighting Ingram-Lopez in a dark garage at her grandmother’s house. Ingram-Lopez, who was naked and screaming loudly, ended up in handcuffs face down, “lying down for about 12 minutes,” Magnus said in June.
“Mr Ingram-Lopez was placed in cardiac arrest and, despite an attempt by the officer to revive him, was pronounced dead at the scene,” Magnus said.
“Without credible and relatively reliable medical evidence linking the cause of Mr Ingram-Lopez’s death to police conduct, there is insufficient evidence to prove a crime of negligence or reckless murder,” the district attorney’s report said.
The report notes that Ingram-Lopez’s death was due to cardiac arrest “and that his enlarged heart, combined with the large amount of cocaine in his body and the stress of his interaction with the police, may have contributed to his death.”
Furthermore, none of the medical experts consulted by the service “can say that Mr Ingram-Lopez’s detention in a continuous situation, their inability to contact paramedics or Mr Ingram-Lopez’s inability to be restored to his death. ”
Three employees in the case resigned before the department shortly after the videos became public.
“The files of these employees show that the department would have terminated them if they had not resigned,” Magnus said in June.
The release of the video with a body camera caused the police chief to resign, but his proposal was not accepted.
Ingram-Lopez’s family has announced that it plans to file a lawsuit against the city of Tucson and police. Miriam Cruz, director of urban communications, said the city did not comment on pending lawsuits.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said Ingram-Lopez’s death prompted the city to study urban policies and look for ways to “help prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. As a result, we developed a pilot safety program in the community.” strongly focused on rethinking how we provide public safety and how we invest in community wellness support services.
“I understand that many in our community may be upset or angry about the decision; life is lost. We need to do better so that this does not happen again, and we need our community to be part of the solution if we want to move forward and affect systemic change. ”