Chula Vista police release footage of Mantecan man’s in-custody death

Chula Vista police release footage of Mantecan man’s in-custody death


CHULA VISTA — Chula Vista police have released edited body-worn camera footage from a confrontation with a Black Manteca trucking company owner who died last year after being placed in a full-body restraining device, but key portions of the encounter remain missing from the video record.

The Police Department, which released the footage Friday night, claimed one officer’s body-worn camera malfunctioned, and another’s was inadvertently turned off during a physical struggle with 56-year-old Oral Nunis Sr., who owned a small trucking company named Exclusive Transportation in Manteca and was in town visiting a daughter.

The March 13, 2020, death of the Jamaican immigrant is the subject of at least two wrongful death lawsuits against Chula Vista police being litigated in San Diego Superior Court, one filed on behalf of his widow, Roxie Nunis, and daughter Naomi Nunis, both of Manteca, and two other children. A second federal suit was filed by civil rights attorney John Burris, whose past clients include Rodney King and who earlier this year filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Stockton and Stockton police on behalf of Lincoln High School senior Devin Carter over an assault in December. Burris has represented several other Stockton and San Joaquin County families in similar cases.

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