Video: Hear Christopher Lopez's jailers joke and laugh while he slowly dies
Update: Last week, we told you about a lawsuit accusing Colorado Department of Corrections personnel with allowing mentally ill inmate Christopher Lopez to die while they watched; see our previous coverage below.
Christopher Lopez during some of his final moments. Warning: The video and photos below may disturb some readers.
Now, attorney David Lane has released a 47 minute video that compiles shocking footage from Lopez's final hours. Be warned that some readers may find the images disturbing.
Lane's office has released a slew of family snapshots featuring Lopez as a way of emphasizing that he was a real person with real loved ones, as opposed to a mere statistic. Here are pics of him as an infant....
...an older child....
...and a young father.
Despite these happy photos, Lopez lived a troubled life marked by mental illness and incarceration. He's said to have been diagnosed as a schizophrenic after a 2005 incident while in Weld County jail during which he believed he was Jesus Christ. By 2007, he'd earned a two-year prison sentence for assault that was extended by an additional four years after he assaulted a corrections officer.
While in stir at the San Carlos Correctional Facility in Pueblo, Lopez had periods during which he was capable of artistic expression, as seen in these illustrations created for his mom:
The fatal progression of Lopez's deterioration and death is detailed in our original post and the aforementioned lawsuit, seen below in its entirety. But it's graphically depicted in the video, which makes for harrowing viewing.
One key sequence takes place around the 40:45 minute mark, when Lopez is lying shackled and semi-conscious on concrete flooring near a toilet.
In the sequence, a female supervisor can be heard arriving and greeting correctional officers on duty.
Christopher Lopez on the bathroom floor.
"What's he doing now?" she asks
"Smells like he peed all over the place," a man replies.
A few seconds later, the supervisor introduces herself to Lopez and asks, "What are you doing? What are you doing? Why are you doing this? I can see you breathing. What's wrong? Open your eyes."
Lopez manages to perform this last task, but barely -- and that seems to satisfy those watching him. The conversation continues like so:
"Is he still on the floor?"
"He likes it on the floor."
"I like him on the floor."
"Yeah, he likes it alright when he's on the floor."
This line prompts a laugh, after which the supervisor remarks, "Isn't that terrible?"
That's one way of putting it. Here's the video, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for more about the Christopher Lopez lawsuit, including more photos and the complete document.