Edward Bronstein shouted “I can’t breathe” moments before dying in police custody, newly unsealed video shows


Some of the final words of Edward Bronstein (a 38-year old man who died after being pinned to his death by California Highway Patrol), were “I can’t breathe,”According to newly unsealed police footage. He had been taken into custody following a March 2020 traffic stop – and died just weeks before, and in a similar manner as, George Floyd’s murder by police that sparked a global movement condemning police brutality and racial injustices. 

The video taken by the CHP had been sealed until Tuesday when a federal judge deemed “the public’s interest in the conduct of its peace officers outweighs other interests and any risk of particularized harm,”According to CNN

The video was ordered to be made public for use in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Bronstein’s family in December 2020, in which they alleged officers used “excessive and objectively unreasonable force”Bronstein, who was “unarmed, unrestrained and surrounded by uniformed peace officers,” CNN reported. 

“My dad was a good person,” Bronstein’s daughter, Brianna Palomino said at a press conference following the video’s release. “Nobody deserves to die this way. He was treated like trash, like his life was not deserving.”

The LA County coroner’s office had officially ruled Bronstein’s cause of death as “acute methamphetamine intoxication during restraint by law enforcement.”He was also reported as having died in a parking garage.

According to CNN, Bronstein, who was on his knees, was stopped and taken into custody. He was then transferred to the CHP Altadena Station. The video shows that he had been lying on his back, and had agreed to submit to a court-ordered sample of blood when he was taken into custody.

The family stated that Bronstein was afraid of needles at the press conference.

Bronstein was then seen screaming and crying in the 18-minute video. “I can’t breathe,”While he was on the ground, he was handcuffed. He also yelled “put your leg down” at an officer, the video showed. 

Bronstein was seen making grunting sounds and stopped speaking and screaming. The video captured him appearing to stop moving.

According to the video, officers and a person who appeared to be a doctor continued to collect his blood samples while others examined him for signs of life. The video shows that after several minutes of checking him and ordering him to be freed, medical professionals attempt to give medical aid. 

Bronstein appeared not to have regained consciousness during the video.

CHP has not responded to Inside Edition Digital’s request for comment but has told other media outlets they are declining to comment, citing ongoing litigation.

Bronstein’s family’s attorney have also not responded to Inside Edition Digital’s request for comment.