The tragic death of a 61-year-old tourist while in the hands of Key West police officers is becoming increasingly controversial. After suggesting that Charles Eimers had succumbed to pre-existing “very serious heart problems” while resisting arrest, the Chief of Police admitted this week on US 1 Radio that Eimers may have died of asphyxiation.
Thousands have now become aware of a video taken by a bystander of Eimers’ arrest on Thanksgiving Day. It shows Eimers complying with police, laying down on the beach on his stomach and being handcuffed. However, within 5 minutes, the retired autoworker and father of four who dreamed of vacationing in Key West was dead.
Now that it is admitted that Eimers didn’t die of a heart attack, but quite possibly of a much more controversial case of asphyxiation, a troubling question arises: How is it possible that the news of such an event managed to pass almost unnoticed? Initially we saw only a short statement in the Key West Citizen regarding a man who had collapsed all of a sudden while resisting arrest on South Beach at the end of Duval Street. Continue reading