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In California, the police killing of Mario Arenales Gonzalez, a 26-year-old Latino father, has been ruled a homicide. In a report released Friday, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office listed the cause of his April death as methamphetamine toxicity with other “significant conditions,” including the “physiological stress of altercation and restraint.” Gonzalez’s family is disputing methamphetamine as a cause of death. Gonzalez was alone at a park when police arrived after receiving complaints of a man who was allegedly intoxicated. While arresting Gonzalez, one officer had his knee on Gonzalez’s back, while another kneeled on Gonzalez’s shoulder for nearly five minutes until he became unresponsive.
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