Editor's note: Some might find the video footage disturbing.
Body-worn camera video from responding officers involved in the 2018 arrest of 38-year-old Jacob Bauer has been provided to the Pleasanton Weekly by the Pleasanton Police Department in response to a California Public Records Act request.
The videos show primary responding officers Brad Middleton and Jonathan Chin questioning Bauer following a report of vandalism inside Raley’s on Sunol Boulevard and physically subduing him when he resisted arrest. Bauer died shortly after the altercation at Stanford-ValleyCare hospital.
Video from Sgt. Benjamin Sarasua, who was one of several others from the Pleasanton Police Department who provided backup to Middleton and Chin Aug. 1, 2018, was also released.
The videos are unedited in duration, which gives the ability to see the entire incident from different perspectives. Faces of bystanders and other private citizens have been blurred.
Middleton’s video is only six minutes in duration because it fell to the ground when he began to struggle with Bauer.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Critical Incident Team concluded in January the use of force exerted by officers was reasonable given the circumstances of the confrontation and determined no criminal charges against the officers will be pursued.
The investigators reached their conclusions, which were endorsed by DA Nancy O’Malley, after analyzing the scene, interviewing officers involved and reviewing a range of evidence including autopsy records, body-worn camera footage and dispatch recordings.
Bauer's parents, John and Rose Bauer, disagree with the DA's conclusion and their wrongful-death lawsuit filed on June 20, 2019, accuses the responding police officers of a "violent attack and excessive force" when Jacob Bauer resisted amid a mental health crisis, and then initially delayed paramedics from rendering aid when their adult son became physically unresponsive.
The family's privately retained pathologist contended the primary cause of death was asphyxia caused by a restraint device used by police, disagreeing with the county coroner's conclusion that Bauer died as a result of acute methamphetamine toxicity.