Death In San Francisco Police Custody: Handcuffed Victim Stopped Breathing

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August 1, 2015 by socialaction2014

The Chicago Defender

Filimoni Raiyawa Source: Sonoma County Sheriff?s Office
A 57-year-old man died Thursday while in the custody of San Francisco police.

Police said Filimoni Raiyawa of Sonoma County, Calif. stopped breathing after he was apprehended following a car crash. At the time, Raiyawa was wanted for the fatal beating of an elderly man who had been in his care, though it is not clear from reports if police knew that when they arrested him.

Multiple news reports have identified Raiyawa as Black, but a Fijian news outlet reported that he was a ?Fiji-born? man.

Early Thursday morning in San Francisco, the minivan Raiyawa was driving allegedly rear-ended a BMW. The other driver said Raiyawa made ?incoherent? comments, according to police. The driver called police, and two female officers responded to the scene shortly after.

Reports the San Francisco Examiner:

“He threw one officer to the ground and punched another officer several times,” said

Northern Police Station…

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