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Body camera video of Alonzo Smith death released

D.C. officials will release the body camera footage from the death of a District man who was found unconscious in handcuffs.
Alonzo Smith

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Body camera footage from the death of a District man who was found unconscious in handcuffs was released to the public Tuesday afternoon. 

Alonzo Smith's death was classified as a homicide Monday after he was found dead last month while in the custody of private security guards, also known as special police officers, working at an apartment complex in Southeast D.C.

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A report by the medical examiner's office listed Smith's cause of death as "sudden cardiac death, complicating acute cocaine toxicity while restrained" and that "compression of torso" was also a contributing factor.

Smith, 27, died while in the custody of private security guards working at an apartment complex in Southeast D.C. on Nov. 1st.

WARNING: The body camera video is graphic and contains strong language:

At approximately 4:03 a.m., Metropolitan police responded to a report of an assault at the Marbury Market apartment complex in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road SE.

Upon arrival, police say officers found Smith handcuffed in the custody of special police officers working as security guards at the apartment complex. Smith was unconscious and not breathing, police said.

Officers began performing lifesaving efforts and took him to an area hospital, where police say he later died.

The original police report obtained by WUSA9 said the offense was a 'justifiable homicide', but D.C. police said that was an error and changed the report to say death investigation.

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