On the night of December 28, 2011, Mario Marin was angry with Santa Ana churchgoers. Outside the City Lights Dream Center Church, he cursed out congregates and clocked a pastor in the face. Unable to be subdued by church members, the Santa Ana Police Department were called in.
Officers Brian Booker and Sergio Gutierrez arrived on scene. Booker tased Marin, but it eventually took five cops in total to cuff and tie-up his hands and legs, restraining him with their knees and body weight.
Did the fight cause Marin's death five days later? An investigation by the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) finds no fault with officer actions, saying Marin "was the aggressor" in a number of fights in the days leading up to his death, and that any number of them may have caused it--but definitely not the cop one!More »