HOUSTON, Tx - Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia released video showing events leading up to the death of inmate Kenneth Christopher Lucas who was in jail for violating a custody agreement.
The video show a five-man command team rushing into the Harris County jail cell. Then the muffled sounds of a team member shouting, "Stop resisting," are heard, followed by Lucas saying, "Get off me man."
Those were about the last words Lucas would utter.
The command team was ordered to remove him from his cell after he ripped a smoke detector off the wall and according to deputies, began sharpening it into a weapon.
He died very soon after he was dragged from his cell, hand cuffed and shackled.
"The cause of death was a heart attack and the manner of death homicide because there were other people there part of the circumstance that was occurring," said Garcia.
Sheriff Garcia released the video Wednesday, though the incident happened in february 2014. The video shows the team sitting on Lucas even after he was injected with a sedative.
"I want to make sure he`s breathing," said someone on the video. The nurse is then heard saying, "Call HFD!" Soon the the doctor is heard: "No pulse ox, he`s not breathing."
Sheriff Garcia`s internal affairs team cleared the actions and a grand jury ruled there wasn`t enough evidence of excessive force. The Department of Justice is still reviewing the case.
Community leaders stand behind the sheriff.
Elmo Johnson, Houston pastor said, "I think the sheriff's department did all they can because you have to subdue him. I've seen some big fellas do some bad things."
Garcia said he`s made some changes to his policies to make sure medical staff will be on scene immediately in a removal.
The Harris County jail is also being investigated by the district attorney's off ice and the FBI for allegedly keeping an inmate in unsanitary conditions.