Aurora Police release body cam video of deadly confrontation from 2018

Navy Veteran died after being restrained by officers
Posted at 10:49 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 01:03:28-04

AURORA, Colo. -- Dramatic new body camera shows the moments Aurora police restrained a Navy veteran, who later died while in custody. The District Attorney's Office dropped all charges against the officers.

Last December, officers had come to the home of 32-year-old David Baker after his wife called 9-1-1 claiming he was attacking his family.

Police say when they arrived, Baker turned on them.

The disturbing body new video shows what Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz calls "one of the most violent attacks involving his officers he had ever seen."

The video shows Baker refusing to obey officers' commands to get on the ground. As his wife screams, he wrestles with officers and starts choking one of them. He refuses to stop even after a Taser is used on him several times.

After about five minutes, he attacks his wife and officers again use a Taser on him after he again refuses to get on the ground.

It takes five officers restrain Baker, the video shows. He suddenly becomes unresponsive. Police tried life saving methods, but were unsuccessful. Baker was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

According to our partners at The Denver Post, the coroner said Baker died of "restraint asphyxiation." Baker's heart disease and obesity were also mentioned as contributing factors in his death.

District Attorney George Brauchler later cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.

Denver7 checked Baker's record and found he had a long criminal history, including reports of assault, robbery, and trespassing.

The officers involved are still on administrative leave.