Questions Surround Death Of Black Man Pinned To Ground By Hotel Guards

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An investigation has been launched into the death of a Black man who was pinned to the ground by security guards at a Wisconsin hotel, CNN reports.

The death of 43-year-old Dvontaye Mitchell unfolded on June 30 at the downtown Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. According to police, Mitchell allegedly "caused a disturbance" which led to security guards escorting him out of the hotel.

Video shared on social media shows four guards pinning Mitchell to the ground as he pleaded with them to stop. In the video, one guard could be heard saying, "Stay down" and "Stop fighting." The same guard told witnesses "This is what happens when you go into the ladies' room."

When officers arrived at the scene, Mitchell was found unresponsive and pronounced dead.

It's unclear what led to Mitchell's confrontation with the security guards or when officers arrived at the scene.

The security guards involved in the incident have been suspended pending an internal investigation. Mitchell's death is also being investigated as a homicide by a local prosecutor.

“Mr. Mitchell’s death is a tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family,” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in a statement.

According to civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, Milwaukee Police haven't launched a criminal investigation into the incident because there's no evidence of "blunt force."

“It is unacceptable that this case is not being considered a criminal investigation despite the fatal outcome, which the medical examiner considers a homicide,” Crump said in a statement.

It's unclear what charges the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office may pursue against the parties involved.

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