Bouncers who restrained El Centro man who died were certified to

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Bouncers who restrained El Centro man who died were certified to use hand-cuffs


IMPERIAL VALLEY, CA – KSWT News 13 has learned new information in the investigation of an El Centro man who got into a fight with bar bouncers and died after they handcuffed him.

Imperial police detectives tell us all four bouncers who restrained 31-year old Daniel Romero were certified to use hand-cuffs. It's now been a month and a half since Daniel Romero died.

Monday Imperial Police tell KSWT News 13 while all four bouncers were certified to use handcuffs they have not been officially cleared of any wrong-doing. Police say the investigation could wrap up by next week.

Sgt Jorge Hernandez the lead detective with Imperial Police says the four bouncers who restrained Daniel Romero the night he died all have valid guard cards. That means all four are trained to properly use handcuffs to restrain someone involved in a bar fight. The bouncers claim they were forced to handcuff Romero after he got into a fight with them. 

Sgt. Hernandez also tells us preliminary autopsy results show Romero did not suffer internal injuries just minor cuts and bruises. "No external injuries one minor abrasion to the side of his face and that was it," said Hernandez.

As for bar surveillance video Kashmir nightclub turned over to police Sgt. Hernandez says it's been sent to an FBI lab in San Diego but has not provided clear details. Meanwhile police plan to question bar patrons to see if they can uncover new information. 

News 13 also talked to  the Imperial County Coroner's Office they tell us Romero's toxicology report shows he had a high level of alcohol in his system, but they did not detect drugs. They say the cause of Romero's death is still pending until the doctor submits a final report. Romero had a history of medical problems.


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