Three City of Alameda Police Officers Charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Accountability Unit for the In-Custody Death of Mario Gonzalez 

April 18, 2024

Oakland, CA— Today, the conclusion of an extensive review of the in-custody death of Mario Gonzalez by prosecutors with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office’s (ACDAO) Public Accountability Unit ends with involuntary manslaughter charges filed against three City of Alameda Police Officers; Eric McKinley, James Fisher and Cameron Leahy.

On April 19, 2021, the three Alameda police officers responded to a call involving a man behaving oddly in a public park on the 800 block of Oak Street. Subsequently, the officers learned that Mr. Gonzalez was a suspect in a shoplifting incident and attempted to detain him. He later died at that scene. An initial autopsy attributed Mr. Gonzalez’s death to “Toxic effects of methamphetamine” and as “other significant conditions contributing to death,” identified “Physiological stress of altercation and restraint; Morbid obesity; alcoholism.”

In 2021, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office opened an investigation into potential police misconduct by the three officers. That investigation, ending in 2022, cleared the officers of any criminal liability for his death. In 2023, the ACDAO Public Accountability Unit reopened and re-examined the case. A second autopsy attributed Mr. Gonzalez’s death to “a result of Restraint Asphyxiation.”

Today, the following charges were filed: Officers Eric McKinley, James Fisher, and Cameron Leahy were charged with violations of Penal Code section 192(b) (involuntary manslaughter).




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