Salt Lake City police explain how a handcuffed man fell over a stair railing and died two weeks later – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City police explain how a handcuffed man fell over a stair railing and died two weeks later - Salt Lake Tribune
NBA summer basketball returning to Utah with a new name, new team
The footage, taken April 7, shows Robert Martinez, 38, being escorted out of his apartment by police. He takes four steps alongside an officer, then seems to lean over the railing. One of the officers is heard to say Oh, s— when Martinez goes over the railing, falling about 10 feet.

Martinez was treated at the scene for a head injury, hospitalized and underwent surgery. He died April 20.

The new logo for the Salt Lake City Summer League. (Utah Jazz PR) Salt Lake City loves basketball and has a tremendous year-round hoops community. Summer is no exception as evident by our record attendance last year, summer league executive director Jonathan Rinehart said in a statement. We seek to capture the essence of summer with its casual, accessible and fun atmosphere.”

Because Martinez fell while in custody, Salt Lake City police are treating his death as an officer-involved critical incident, the second of three in the department this year. Unlike shootings by police, no officers were put on administrative leave, police said.

Salt Lake Countys Unified Police Department and the District Attorneys office are investigating the arrest and fall, as is Salt Lake Citys internal affairs office.

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The arrest was the culmination of a domestic violence call made at 11:42 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. On the 911 call, which Salt Lake City police also released Monday, a woman is heard screaming and yelling, apparently as Martinez was trying to take away her phone. The woman told the dispatcher that Martinez had put a blanket over her head, and was hitting her.

The four-team, six-game event will run from July 1-3 at Vivint Smart Home Arena and will feature the Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers. Each team will play three games as part of daily doubleheaders.

A bit later, the woman is out on the curb, explaining more calmly to the dispatcher that hes been holding me hostage in his house for a couple of hours. Martinez and his victim both lived in the second-story apartment at 204 E. Browning Ave., in the Liberty Wells neighborhood of Salt Lake City, police said.

First off, the name will be different. After being called the Utah Jazz Summer League for the last four years, the event has been rebranded as the Salt Lake City Summer League.

Police were dispatched at 11:47 p.m. and arrived five minutes later. Martinez refused to open the door, and an officer talked to Martinez for 30 minutes to de-escalate the situation. After that discussion, Martinez unlocked the door, and explained his side of the story. Martinez complained of pain in his leg from an old injury, and officers called in a medical team at 12:28 a.m.

After the medical team cleared Martinez, officers arrested him for unlawful detention, domestic violence-related assault, aggravated assault and disruption of a communications device. The video shows Martinez crying as police explain the charges and put handcuffs on him.

No matter how much you cry or beg, its not going to change anything, OK? an officer calmly tells Martinez. Were trying to be adults about it, and tell you whats going on.

The video shows the officers slowly leading the handcuffed Martinez out of the apartment and down the stairs. An officer says, Nice and slow, k? Not in any hurry. Then, in an instant, Martinez goes over the railing.

On the ground, Martinez was unconscious but regained consciousness. A medical team was called in, while officers talked to Martinez and told him to remain still so he wouldnt hurt his neck or spine. When the medical team arrived, officers removed Martinez handcuffs. The medical crew determined Martinez was ambulatory, and he was helped onto a gurney and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where his injuries were determined to be more severe than the on-site crew first believed.

Martinez had a long criminal history, police reported, including convictions for burglary, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony fraud, theft and interfering with a police officer. On April 9, two days after Martinez was hospitalized, West Valley City police filed a shoplifting charge against Martinez, claiming he took a watch from a Walmart on March 19.

Capt. Jeff Kendrick, who presented the body camera footage at a news conference Monday, said that the Salt Lake City police have responded to 922 reports of domestic violence so far in 2019.

Police urged anyone caught in a domestic-violence situation to call them at 801-799-3000 and ask for a victim advocate, or call the departments 24-hour hotline, at 801-580-7969. People can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the Utah LINKLine, at 1-800-897-5465 for confidential assistance.

SALT LAKE CITY — Summer league basketball will take place in Utah once again in 2019, but with a few slight changes.

The Utah Jazz formally announced on Monday that the Salt Lake City Summer League — previously called the Utah Jazz Summer League — will be held July 1-3 at Vivint Arena.

Along with the Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will be returning. The Cleveland Cavaliers will round out the four-team field and make their first appearance at the event, which will be in its fifth year.

In all, six games will be played over the three days, with each team playing three games. Two games will be played each day, with the first beginning at 5 p.m. MT and the second immediately following each day.

Games will be played on a modified City Edition court. The sidelines will be the same and the court will still feature the Delicate Arch near center court, but instead of Utah at center court, a vintage-looking yellow and orange basketball will appear with the name of the event written inside of it.

General public ticket sales will start May 13 at 10 a.m., with a one-day lower bowl pass (good for both games) starting at $9. Three-day passes for all six games start at $16.

In addition to the action that will take place inside Vivint Arena, a 3v3 tournament will once again be held for the public outside on July 1 at Park Place across from the arena. Multiple divisions will be available, and teams will play a minimum of four games, including a single elimination tournament.

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