And why was he having trouble breathing?
Because the two bouncers holding him down choked the shit out of him.
According to eyewitness Kyle Hembree, ÂThe guy was struggling and kicking, just fighting back for a while. But then he went limp and they just stayed on him.Â Several witnesses concur that two of the bouncers held Klotz to the ground using a combination of arm holds and a forearm Âsleeper,Â or choke hold, around his neck. Both bouncers - who police estimated were 6 3 and 240 pounds and 6 11 and 460 pounds - remained on top of Klotz until the police arrived. According to KlotzÂs friend and local resident Vincent Lara, doctors told a group of people gathered in the hospital early Saturday morning that Klotz died after approximately 15-20 minutes of asphyxiation.David was 180 pounds, five-foot-seven and severely drunk. He had a BAC of .19.
Together the bouncers top about 700 pounds, outweighing him by almost 400%. He was asphyxiated for almost half an hour. We're talking about guys who could crush a Volkswagen between their buttcheeks. For somebody like this Walking into a room and sneezing is excessive force. A quarter ton bouncer does not need help subduing a drunk man a third his size.
So far, no one has been charged in his death. With luck, we'll see a couple of manslaughter charges soon.
Thanks to the anonymous commenter who handed me a link to the Independent story.