Diop Kamau, founder and director of Policeabuse.com, agrees with them.
Further, Kamau asserted, "no evidence to form the basis of a credible investigation and subsequent report was collected at the scene" (around the restraint chair or in the cell where Linsinbigler died).
Rather, said Kamau
, "I believe evidence was misstated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
, which went along with the narrative given its investigators by the deputies, that followed the one they had already released to news media: That Linsinbigler was a disruptive, combative prisoner (so readers would assume that) deputies were justified in using "reasonable force" to subdue him."
"There is no indication that he
was a threat," Kamau
continued, "this allegation was manufactured by state officials, which they accepted from deputies as gospel.
Its also what several newspapers printed, based on what the deputies told them: That he
posed a threat, was belligerent and violent, but he
had already calmed down (well after he
was put in the restraint chair) and there is no evidence that he
In fact, added Kamau
didn't do anything.
"Why didn't they leave him in the restraint chair, but remove the mask," asked Kamau?
"If a dinner guest had said, "I'm choking on a bone," you'd get up and do something to help him, wouldn't you?
But they didn't do anything, so why wasn't anyone charged?
Its like sitting comfortably on a bench, only steps away from a creek, and watching someone drown."
The deputies, Kamau
charged, "had created an unnecessary medical emergency, then failed to address it once it spun out of control."