Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Raul Pinet, Jr., died after he was brought to the Onondaga County Justice Center two years ago. Now, there’s a painful new look at exactly what happened.
Raul Pinet's family watched video of his final moments of life, restrained at the justice center, screaming the word "please" forty times, until he fell silent.
"I've never seen anything like this video. I don't want to see it again because it’s hard for me,” said Raul’s father Raul Pinet, Sr.
However, Pinet's father does want others to watch, hoping the video will shed light on what happened the night his son died. Pinet was high on drugs when he was brought to the Justice Center on August 6, 2010. Earlier that night, a woman called police saying he was in her neighborhood "acting crazy."
Police took Pinet to the Onondaga County Justice Center where he died after being restrained face down, with a spit mask improperly placed on his face. A state report called the case a homicide, but a grand jury found that deputies acted reasonably.
"Did the grand jury see this? What else do they need to do justice? This is too much, way too much and they still don't find this enough,” said Pinet’s sister Nilka Pinet.
Until now, few had seen the video. The family got their copy from the Post-Standard. Pinet is shown with a mask covering his face.
In the video, he's heard pleading with deputies to "take it off."
"There were more than five to seven people on my brother to be able to put him down. My brother was never resisting arrest. My brother asked for help,” said Raul’s sister Luz Pinet.
"I hear him asking for 'please, please, please' so many times. So I'm a father. I've got a heart, too, like anybody. Today it was my son, tomorrow it could be yours. Try to do something about this problem. Help us,” Raul’s father continued.
Sheriff Kevin Walsh agreed to make changes recommended in a New York State Commission of Correction report, but he has supported his deputies' response the night Pinet died.
Raul Pinet’s family is asking for federal intervention and independent supervision of investigations at the Onondaga County Justice Center. They say they’ll have a petition on Facebook next week and will go door-to-door seeking signatures.