Edward Bronstein (2020)

From LEO Ratings
Facebook logoTwitter logoReddit logo


Full length video
District Attorney press conference

On March 31, 2020, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers stopped Bronstein and detained him for suspicion of DUI. At the police station, Bronstein refused to have his blood taken, and several officers pinned him down in order to draw the blood. Bronstein said "I can't breathe" several times before becoming unresponsive.[1][2] Officers attempted CPR 11 minutes after Bronstein's last complaint. Bronstein was pronounced dead.[3]

The incident was recorded by Sergeant Michael Little.[3]

The officers were placed on administrative leave.[2]

On December 9, 2020, Bronstein's family filed a lawsuit against the officers for use of excessive force in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.[4]

On March 15, 2022, video of the arrest was released as part of the family's lawsuit.[1]

On March 6, 2023, Bronstein's family settled their lawsuit against the city.[5]

On March 29, 2023, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced charges against a CHP sergeant and six officers of involuntary manslaughter and assault under the color of authority and faces up to four years and eight months in state prison. A registered nurse at the scene was charged involuntary manslaughter and faces up to four years in prison.[2]

Officers Involved

  • Sergeant Michael Little
  • Dionisio Fiorella
  • Dustin Osmanson
  • Darren Parsons
  • Diego Romero
  • Justin Silva
  • Marciel Terry

Official Reports

Additional Sources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stephanie Dazio, Video: California man screams ‘I can’t breathe’ before death, AP News, 2022-03-16
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jonathan Lloyd, CHP Sergeant, 6 Officers, Nurse Charged in Death of Man in Custody After SoCal Traffic Stop, NBC 4, 2023-03-29
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stephanie Dazio, 7 California officers charged in death of man in custody, AP News, 2023-03-29
  4. I.M. vs State of California, et al 2:20-cv-11174 Complaint, U.S. District Court, 2020-12-09
  5. I/M/ vs DOE CHP Officers 2:20-cv-11174 Settlement, U.S. District Court