VIDEO: Man Dies After Attacking Cops For 9 Minutes, Family Blames Police

David Baker died of restraint asphyxia after attacking Aurora police in 2018.

Aurora, CO – The Aurora Police Department has released bodycam footage that showed a combative man choking an officer and grabbing another officer’s baton during a violent altercation in 2018 (video below).

The suspect, 32-year-old David Baker, died after the brawl, The Denver Post reported.

The Arapahoe County coroner determined that Baker died of restraint asphyxia, and that heart disease and obesity were contributing factors to his death.

The incident began at 6:14 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2018, when Aurora police received a 911 call about a “physical domestic disturbance” taking place inside an apartment on East Jewell Avenue, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz explained in the video.

A family member told police that Baker would not leave the residence, and that he was “involved in a physical and verbal altercation” with his wife’s brother, Chief Metz said.

During the chaotic 911 call, the woman told the dispatcher that 10 children in the home were also in danger as a result of the fight.

Another family member later explained to police that Baker was trying to hold everyone inside the home as hostages.

The first three officers arrived at the scene at 6:23 p.m., Chief Metz said.

They heard yelling and screaming coming from the area, and saw a “male actively choking another male” as they reached the front door of the home, according to the chief.

The officers began issuing verbal commands, at which point Baker turned his attention to the officers and charged towards them aggressively, the video showed.

Two officers deployed their Tasers, “but neither Taser had an effect” on Baker, Chief Metz explained.

“After two unsuccessful Taser attempts, Mr. Baker pushes an officer out of the apartment, and then falls on a different officer,” the chief said.

Police attempted to subdue Baker with baton strikes, but they were also ineffective.

As the brawl continued outside the apartment, Baker threw a female officer onto the ground and injured her, Chief Metz said.

Police ordered the irate suspect to get onto the ground and to stop resisting, but he ignored them.

He continued to fight with police, and grabbed onto one of the officer’s batons.

“At this point, Mr. Baker and my officer began struggling over control of that baton,” the chief said. “Mr. Baker can be heard grunting and telling my officer to ‘let go’ of the baton, and that he’s ‘not playing.’”

The suspect refused to release his grip on the weapon, which officers were concerned he may use as a deadly weapon if he gained complete control of it, Chief Metz explained in the video.

While one officer radioed for backup, another officer attempted to place Baker in a “carotid control hold,” he said.

In the same moment, Baker managed to turn himself around, and began “actively choking” the officer with his hands, the chief continued.

Officers tried to drive-stun the violent suspect with their Tasers and delivered baton strikes to his legs in efforts to get him to release his grip on the officer’s neck, but they had no effect.

After choking the officer for several seconds, Baker eventually let go of him and started making his way back towards the apartment.

The family members inside quickly closed the door, locking him out, while his wife stood outside and begged him to stop fighting with the officers.

“David please stop!” she pleaded, momentarily clinging to one of his arms.

Baker continued to ignore the officers’ commands, and police punched, kicked, and drive-stunned him repeatedly while they attempted to take him into custody.

Baker then began screaming for help, but continued to fight.

By that time, the altercation had been going on for six minutes, and the officers and Baker were all exhibiting signs of exhaustion, Chief Metz noted.

Police managed to wrestle Baker to the ground, but the suspect tucked his arms beneath his body and continued to kick his legs.

Due to his size, officers had to link four pairs of handcuffs together in order to restrain him.

“Even after being handcuffed, Mr. Baker continues to kick at officers,” Chief Metz said.

While other officers spoke with family members inside the apartment, one of the officers outside noticed that Baker appeared to have possibly lost consciousness.

Emergency medical personnel, who were staged down the street, were then called in.

While they were responding, one officer asked whether or not Baker was breathing, and another officer said he could feel a pulse.

One of the officers started performing chest compressions, but stopped so that police could make sure Baker didn’t have an obstruction in his airway since he still had a pulse, Chief Metz said.

Paramedics then arrived at the scene and transported Baker to a local hospital, where he died.

The altercation was investigated by the APD’s Major Crimes Homicide Unit, the Denver Police Department, and the Arapaho County Coroner’s Office.

Their findings were forwarded to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which concluded that none of the officers involved in Baker’s arrest “had violated any Colorado statute” during the altercation.

The APD Use of Force Review Board is now reviewing the incident to determine whether or not the officers followed department policies.

“This was an incredibly violent fight between Mr. Baker and the officers – a fight that started well before the officers arrived, and continued for approximately nine minutes once my officers did arrive,” Chief Metz said.

“My officers did not have the option to just get up and walk away from the fight,” he noted. “Officers observed a male being physically choked, which is a felony. It is the duty of the officers to place this male into custody to further prevent any other crimes from occurring, and to protect the family who was present at the time.”

Chief Metz also extended his condolences to the Baker family.

A day after the video was released, the family announced that they are considering suing the APD over Baker’s death, The Denver Post reported.

“It is an incredible tragedy,” civil rights attorney Mari Newman told the paper. “He was a person who was very important to his family. He suffered from mental health issues after his [U.S. Navy] service. This leaves his children without a father.”

Newman accused Chief Metz of having misled viewers by explaining what occurred in the footage, and called the video style “wacky.”

“I can’t think of any other instance in which body camera has been released in that way,” she added. “If they didn’t have anything to hide, why should they be going through such contortions to influence how it’s viewed.”

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Baker in the video below:

Comments (81)
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JBo
JBo

If you have heart disease, diabetes and are overweight, at least learn what the word "comply" means. 10 kids?

DNW
DNW

Ye gods, looks like a suprahuman creature they encountered there. Cops clearly made a conscious effort to preserve his life, no guns came out during the ordeal.
After having watched the video it's difficult to understand the family's position unless they are receiving advice from someone trying to make political capital out of the miserable incident.

shooter
shooter

Metz said, "My officers did not have the option to just get up and walk away from the fight...[i]t is the duty of the officers to place this male into custody to further prevent any other crimes from occurring, and to protect the family who was present at the time.”

Perhaps those officers SHOULD have just walked away and let Baker kill the other dude, or do something worse...like kill everyone else in that apartment.

After all, Chief Metz should know that there is no legal obligation for officers to purposefully put themselves into harm's way to save others. If they had just walked away, the family would have NO LEGAL BASIS for filing a suit against the officers or department for anything bad that happened to Baker or anyone else at the scene.

Perhaps officers and departments should consider not responding to calls like this.

My bet is that they might be better off in the long run.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Hate to say it, but here's another example of the " Ghetto Lottery ", and again, the Police are the bad guys. At least the brothers and sisters in blue were not seriously hurt.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Well, at least the mother f'er is dead and he won't ever be doing that again, good riddance, asshole. Too bad kids had to witness that shit, but HE did that not the cops.

DawnPatrol2
DawnPatrol2

Another moron dead. Good riddance. At least we don't have to feed and house that POS.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Yet ANOTHER video of violent , stupid Black people. There are thousands of these videos!

JLocke
JLocke

One of the crimes taking place here is the abysmal take-down ability of the average officer when their taser fails to stop a suspect and the situation doesn't call for lethal force. There's at least three of them. The woman could relatively easily wrap the man's legs and he would fall like a tree with a hard push.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Why can't blacks behave like all other races? In just the last week we had Disneyland, College Station, McDonald's and Walgreens.

Steven K
Steven K

There is a sickness in our society today. Disrespect for authority. If people would just respect the badge, for what it represents, "authority". The lady that keeps screaming helps no one. The man who just doesn't want to comply is just asking for the wrong outcome. I personally am tired of seeing the police under fire for just trying to do their jobs. What other profession in this country has the unfortunate reality of having to take a human life? Those who think a Police officer wants to have this unfortunate outcome happen is demented and is part of the problem. Thank you officers for the under appreciated community help you try to administer. Those who don't see the value to our communities have no value for their families safety or lives. Thank You!!! Blue lives matter as much as Joe Public lives matter!

Meg1776
Meg1776

These Shameless ungrateful people want to sue the Police Department because the police officers saved their lives and the lives of 10 children supposedly in that room.

If the officers didn't do their jobs all those people would have been dead most likely.

Instead of suing the police department for saving your lives, maybe you should do something nice like thank them and pay it forward. Everybody's trying to get rich these days. These ungrateful people were saved from a crazy lunatic and they are blaming the police because they are still breathing.

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

The city will just settle like they always do, another ghetto lottery winner at taxpayers expense unfortunately

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Cha-Ching! Another innocent criminal victim of the "kilt by pole-ece" lottery ticket winner! TFN.

USA 1
USA 1

There would be no family left if it wasn't for the police. This guy was obviously on some hard drugs and the police didn't use their guns. Tazers, billy clubs, punches and other physical force had zero effect on him. The victims who called the cops on this guy are now claiming that the guy was a victim?

Sailor
Sailor

Family must be delusional idiots strongly persuaded by a shyster attorney.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Just a couple observations. Why is a man who is mentally ill producing 10 children? I wonder who is paying to raise those children? I'm not sure what the attorney saw in the videos that was confusing to him. If looking at three videos is too much for you, than just look at one at a time. The man very well have been mentally ill after serving time in the Navy but how in the world are the police suppose to know about his history? Is the attorney suggesting that the police should ignore the man choking someone in the room while they gathered personal facts about the suspect? The family was so afraid of the man that they locked him out of the house and left the police to deal with him, yet they want to sue the police! Only in todays world. Lastly, if I had to fight with someone for nine minutes, I would have been the one needing CPR.

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

Planet of the Apes

Trefflek
Trefflek

Wow!! What kind of drugs was this guy on? He was hit & tased over and over again with no affect except for a growl. Well... almost not affect to him. Clearly heart wasn’t a fan of all the electricity.

LLLB
LLLB

This guy killed himself. I don't blame the cops and in fact wonder why they didn't just end him. That being said, you cannot restrain a persons arms behind them and leave them face down because they WILL be asphyxiated if left that way too long.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

It's a WIN, WIN for the people filing the complaint. First they are RID of the A-Hole causing THEM grief and Second they will live in luxury for a few years on the money this LIBERAL CITY will GIVE THEM to shut them up and stop their friends in BLM from burning the city to the ground. But after the drug dealers and Relatives find a way to get their hands on all that FREE MONEY,,they will be right back to square ONE. It's a Vicious Cycle.

investigator
investigator

Show Me The MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!

Janken
Janken

Funny how the bad guys end up blaming the good guys. Its getting where the pussy ,s want to play dirty but when the good guys take enough then its time to grow up and give in or better yet DIE

xenonman
xenonman

That must have been quite a big ape to have not responded to two tasings and a baton. I do agree with the suggestion that we'd have all been better off, if they had let all of that family just kill themselves off! lol

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

After watching the video, and seeing how this fuckhead had the nerve to call for help? I have no sympathy about him dying. You fought police straight outright, and you died because of it. So now the family who called the police is blaming the police. Do everyone a favor, and don’t call the police. Why do we have to handle FAMILY shit when most of you idiots don’t even want us there or care for police anyway? Now police is all of a sudden “needed” when you see it? Come on maaaaaaan.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

They are threatening to sue, in other words they're "playing the ghetto lottery." They think he's worth more to them dead than alive.

Watchman53
Watchman53

he must been on devil drug act this way

smaw8*
smaw8*

Way to go Aurora police department! Of course criminals and those who live with a 'take from others whatever it takes' attitude will hire corrupt lawyers to defend their crooked way of life. Good job APD!!

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

It's a shame this breeder was able to sire offspring before he was dispatched.

LissenHere
LissenHere

I've heard it said that the "fearless" hero doesn't exist. Without fear, you are done for. The police were very right to fear this beast, but he had truly NO FEAR - and is dead as a result. It shows what being on something (maybe?) can do and how hard it is to control the situation. I am glad APD didn't lose any of its officers in this melee

Bulldog
Bulldog

They should have just shot this piece of shit

killer93
killer93

I would hate to think this had something to do with his service in the armed forces. PTSD is wide spread and hard to recognize.

RevVan
RevVan

I would have shot the asshole. Tgey had more than enough justification. They showed true restraint and if the judge was worth anything he would throw it out as frivolous.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

I now think it was that screamin Banshee in the background that did him in. No one .....and I mean no one could last more than 10 minutes with that animal screaming. Geez Louise --Will someone PLEASE shut her the hell up.

LynnSB
LynnSB

GOOD !!! One Less POS to Hurt Others -- now the Family wants the Ghetto Lottery Win !! More F*cking SCUM to get rid of !!!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Probably the apartments that Boogers lives in.

Jetranger206
Jetranger206

another black family who see a MILLION DOLLAR check for a family member that THEY originally called the police to come and protect them from this big bully...…......and once again the SUSPECT fails to comply with legal orders from the police officers and ends up dying due to HIS physical problems......NONE OF WHICH WERE THE FAULT OF ANY OF THE POLICE OFFICERS THERE...…..THEY SHOULD HAVE JUST SHOT HIM WHEN HE FAILED TO COMPLY TO AN ARREST FOR A VIOLENT FELONY.... but as usual the police are trying not to harm the suspect as much as possible......OFFICERS...…..you are gonna get sued anyway..so JUST SHOOT THE a**wholes

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Just like the non-chokehold didn't kill the turn in NYC! Of course there will be a payoff because the chief will say this looks "bad". Incredible when karma bites you int he (Y)!!!!!!!!!!!!