Sacramento Officer Involved in Death of Mentally Ill Man Was Cleared Two Decades Ago in Another Fatality

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One of two Sacramento officers who shot a mentally ill man in July after apparently attempting to run him over was cleared two decades ago in the death of another suspect.

The Sacramento County district attorney’s office on Friday released the results of its investigation into the 1997 death of Albert Glenn Thiel.

After a police chase in a stolen car and then on foot, Thiel struggled as five officers tried to pull his hands behind his back, according to the report. They hit him with batons and with their hands to force compliance.

Officer John Tennis wrapped an arm around Thiel’s neck and put him into a choke-hold, the report said. The handcuffed man was put into the back of a patrol car, where paramedics later discovered he had no pulse.

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