Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Tommy Yancy lost his life during a routine traffic stop on Mother’s Day.
Details and video footage of the incident are just beginning to come to light after local paper the Imperial Valley Press reported that 32-year-old Yancy had died in an “altercation with law enforcement during a traffic stop” on May 11 after being pulled over for a missing front license plate.
“The circumstances around the death and the traffic stop are still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol,” the paper wrote.
A YouTube video of the incident was posted this weekend, as reported by Inquisitr. According to some witnesses, Yancy was pulled out of his car and beaten by five officers. Someone was heard screaming, “How long before you guys call an ambulance? Call an ambulance!”
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The video description adds that officers claimed Yancy attempted to attack an officer and a K-9, but near the end of the video, “police are seen attempting to revive Yancy while a witness states, ‘All of this for one guy who wasn’t even resisting arrest.’ The officer is said to have received no serious injuries.”
Yancy is described as a loving father of two who regularly kept in touch with his “army buddies” after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan following 9/11.