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December 14, 2021

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Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

On Friday the City released a statement regarding the death of Mario Gonzalez. Months after Mario Gonzalez’s death the coroner’s office finally released the cause of death, from the press release:

The County Coroner’s autopsy report concluded “the cause of death is the toxic effects of methamphetamine, with the physiologic stress of altercation and restraint, morbid obesity, and alcoholism contributing to the process of dying.” Because there was a physical altercation, the coroner further classified Mr. Gonzalez’s manner of death as homicide.

The Alameda District Attorney’s office has the responsibility now to determine whether charges are appropriate against the individuals involved. While we wait for the District Attorney’s office to make their decision and with the knowledge of the Coroner’s report, the City will work diligently towards completing its ongoing independent investigation and take appropriate action.

There’s links somewhere to the autopsy but I’m not going to link to it because, well, it’s morbid as hell.

The personnel involved are on administrative leave presently until the DA decides what to do with the case.

Also, do not read the comments on Facebook on the City’s page if you want to think well of your fellow Alamedans because, wow, there are some folks out there that seem to be okay with police officers doing whatever they please because a mentally ill brown man was killed and he shouldn’t have been doing drugs or drinking alcohol and therefore caused his own demise. I have a feeling these are the same people who feel like their rights are trampled on because they’re asked to wear a mask inside certain businesses too.


  1. Sullwold’s blog is a fun read on this. One commentator there nailed it. Mr. Sullwold’s overwrought diatribe took about… 15 paragraphs to finally admit that it was ruled a homicide, and then he beat the word “homicide” to death (no pun intended, I’m just not a fancy wordsmith like Mr. Sullwold is) until it lost all its meaning. How pathetic it is that a grown man spent most of his weekend writing a literal essay to give Alameda PD some cover, and still managed to miss the issues raised by police accountability advocates.

    One thing I did not know, until just now, was that it’s against APD policy to keep someone on their stomach for a prolonged period of time. Why is no one talking about that?

    Comment by Hold APD Accountable — December 14, 2021 @ 10:14 am

    • As of September, now against CA law, as well. (AB 490).

      Comment by Lorin — December 14, 2021 @ 10:49 am

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