Cop Watch

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

CPR Plea Ignored By Deputies

After deputies subdued a man with pepper spray, a Taser stun gun, handcuffs and physical restraints early Monday, they ignored his family's pleas to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him, the family claimed Tuesday.

Instead, despite warnings that Ricardo Zaragoza, 40, had stopped breathing, the five deputies waited a few minutes until paramedics arrived and had them remove his handcuffs, the dead man's brother said.

The police killed my son," said Arnulfo Zaragoza Sr., the man's father. "Excessive force, excessive. In my home."

Four of the five deputies involved were placed on one week's paid leave pending a psychiatric review, a routine measure after such incidents. Sheriff's officials refused to identify any of the deputies.