Black man dies after being pinned to the ground by Milwaukee hotel guards

Black man dies after being pinned to the ground by Milwaukee hotel guards

WARNING: This story contains distressing details.

Police are investigating the death of Dvontaye Mitchell, a black man who was forced to the ground by hotel security guards last month in Milwaukee.

Mitchell’s death has been compared to the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed when a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis in 2020.

Mitchell, 43, died at the Hyatt Regency on June 30 after four security guards knelt on her stomach, media outlets reported. Video shows Mitchell lying on the ground crying for help as guards pin her down with their hands and knees.

Police said Mitchell entered the hotel, became disruptive and fought with guards as they escorted him out.

Mitchell’s family hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented Floyd’s family. Floyd’s death has triggered protests against racial violence and police brutality around the world.

It is unclear why Mitchell was at the hotel or what happened before the guards pinned him down. The Milwaukee County coroner’s initial report said Mitchell was homeless, but his family He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this is not true.

Sharpton to speak at funeral

The Rev. Al Sharpton, a longtime activist and leader who serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is expected to deliver a eulogy at Mitchell’s funeral on Thursday. In a news release announcing the visit to Milwaukee, Sharpton said Mitchell’s mother had told him her son was suffering from a “mental health issue.”

The Republican National Convention opens July 15, just days after Mitchell’s ceremony, and law enforcement is preparing for political protests at the convention arena in Wisconsin’s largest city.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, seen speaking at Brown Chapel AME church in Selma, Alabama, in March 2020, will speak at Mitchell’s funeral this weekend. (Butch Dill/The Associated Press)

Sharpton said congressional participants needed to know about Mitchell’s death.

“We cannot stand by and watch the Dvontaye Mitchell murder be covered up while the RNC comes in and empowers a candidate whose idea of ​​justice is pure brute force,” Sharpton said, referring to former US President Donald Trump.

Police officials were still investigating Mitchell’s death Tuesday, the Journal Sentinel reported. The police department responded to an Associated Press request for an update by emailing a statement saying an unidentified man had fought with security guards at the hotel on June 30 and was unresponsive when officers arrived.

The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was homicide, but the cause is still under investigation. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday.

A spokesman for Aimbridge Hospitality, which owns the Hyatt Regency hotel in Milwaukee, said: He told the Washington Post The company expressed its condolences to Mitchell’s family and supports the ongoing investigation.