ANAHEIM, CALIF (March 6, 2018) – Acting Chief of Police Julian Harvey will address the media during a press conference at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 8, 2018, regarding a use of force by APD officers on March 2, 2018. APD received questions from FOX TV this afternoon after posts were made on an individual’s Facebook account alleging excessive force. The press conference will be held at the Anaheim Police Department located at 425 S. Harbor Blvd in Anaheim.
Just after midnight on March 2nd, Anaheim Police Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block S. East Gates St regarding a suspicious male in the back yard of a residence. A patrol sergeant was the first to arrive on scene and saw the suspect run from him. Several officers chased the suspect on foot to the 3000 block of W. Ball Rd. The suspect fell backwards onto his buttocks, allowing officers to catch up with him and try to take him into custody. The suspect resisted the officers by violently kicking and ripping his arms away from the officers, and showed symptoms of being under the influence of narcotics.
Officers used control holds and physical force to stop the suspect’s resistance. The preliminary review of the incident indicated that at no time did officers employ the use of a carotid restraint, electronic control device (Taser), impact weapon, or strikes. At one point the suspect stopped yelling and became less rigid and officers were able to handcuff him. The suspect lost consciousness and paramedics were summoned. After paramedics arrived the suspect stopped breathing and went into full cardiac arrest. Resuscitation efforts were successful and the suspect was transported to a local hospital and admitted in stable condition.
APD Investigative personnel followed up on the suspect’s condition later in the morning of his arrest, and yesterday were notified the suspect was stable and being treated for facial injuries and cerebral edema (brain swelling). Based on the nature of the injuries and the seriousness of his condition, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office was contacted and are investigating. Additionally, APD initiated its Major Incident Review (MIRT) process.
The preliminary APD investigation revealed the suspect had attempted to break into at least one residence, as well as vehicles in the neighborhood. He was in possession of narcotics paraphernalia at the time of the arrest. The suspect was identified as Christopher Eisinger, a 35 year old transient. While this was the first contact with Eisinger in Anaheim, he has numerous prior convictions for domestic violence, resisting arrest, threatening an officer, battery on an officer, and narcotics violations.
All of the officers were equipped with Body Worn Cameras and the cameras were activated.