"The decedent's anoxic brain injury, while being the final cause of death, resulted from an episode of resuscitated cardiac arrest that can, itself, be the result of many factors. Methamphetamine use can produce cardiac arrhythmias and subsequent anoxic brain injury without other intervening factors; therefore, its role in the decedent's death cannot be excluded. Conversely, the roles of various actions and injuries, which occurred during the altercation with police (including, but not limited to, attempted carotid hold placement and conducted electrical weapon deployment) can potentially contribute to anoxic brain injury or exacerbate underlying conditions that could result in anoxic brain injury, so they cannot be excluded in being contributory to the decedent's death. As none of these factors can be included or excluded with certainty as contributing to the decedent's death, the manner of death is categorized as 'undetermined'."
The attorney for Ruiz's family said he didn't have to die that day.
"Officers aren't being trained on how to address these situations properly," said attorney Jocquese Blackwell. "If they were, Michael would still be alive."
The family has sent the city a notice of claim.
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