Security Black man dies in incident resembling George Floyd case

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — Milwaukee police are investigating the death of a Black man in an incident reminiscent of the tragic killing of George Floyd in 2020. Footage has surfaced showing security guards at the Hyatt Regency Hotel pinning the man, identified as Dvontaye Mitchell, to the ground as he cried out for help.

According to witnesses, Mitchell, 43, was on the ground outside the hotel, pleading for assistance while security guards restrained him with their hands and knees. Mitchell can be heard grunting and apologizing in the distressing video. His attorney disclosed that Mitchell struggled with mental health challenges.

Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Mitchell’s family, expressed deep concern over the incident. He mentioned eyewitness reports of one of the guards allegedly hitting Mitchell in the head with an object. However, the police have not addressed these specific allegations.

The circumstances surrounding Mitchell’s death have sparked outrage and drawn comparisons to George Floyd’s killing. Crump highlighted the pressing issues of excessive force, lack of accountability, and the neglect of mental health considerations in encounters with security personnel.

Floyd, a Black man, died in Minneapolis after a White police officer knelt on his neck for over nine minutes, resulting in a global wave of protests against racial inequality. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was subsequently convicted and incarcerated.

Authorities responded to a disturbance call at the Hyatt on June 30, indicating that Mitchell had become combative while being escorted out. Upon arrival, officers found Mitchell unresponsive and attempted lifesaving measures, but unfortunately, they were unsuccessful.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office declared Mitchell’s death a homicide on July 1, although this determination does not necessarily assign legal responsibility to another party. Mitchell’s family and legal team are demanding access to the full footage of the incident to shed light on what transpired that day.

Mitchell’s loved ones describe him as a caring son, brother, uncle, and father, noting that he had been grappling with mental health issues following the loss of his father in 2016. His family insists on justice and transparency in the investigation into his tragic death.

Both the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and Aimbridge Hospitality, which manages the hotel, have extended their condolences to Mitchell’s family and the community. Aimbridge Hospitality revealed that the employees involved in the incident have been suspended pending the completion of their investigation. They are fully cooperating with law enforcement to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all guests and staff.