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Death in Custody: February 25, 2020


On Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:46 p.m., the Sacramento Fire Department (SFD) requested the assistance of the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) on a medical aid call.  SFD advised they were at a residence on the 5300 block of 25th Street with an uncooperative, 48-year-old male who was experiencing a medical emergency.

After developing a plan, officers and SFD personnel entered the residence and observed the adult male sitting on a couch in the living room, making incoherent statements and moving erratically.  Officers assisted in controlling the male by placing him on his stomach in handcuffs so medical aid could be administered.  The involved officers continued to comfort the individual by rubbing his back and reassuring him that they were there to help.  SFD personnel began to administer medical aid once the individual was controlled.

While aid was being administered, it was observed by personnel on scene that the male was no longer talking or moving.  SFD personnel checked his condition and provided an explanation as to why the individual’s condition appeared to change.  In order to facilitate additional medical treatment, the handcuffs were removed and the male was secured on a gurney for transport to a local hospital.

Once in the ambulance, SFD personnel informed officers that the male was no longer breathing, and they had begun Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  The male was transported to a local area hospital in critical condition.  He received medical treatment and remained hospitalized for several days.

On March 17, 2020, the Sacramento Police Department received notification that the male involved in this incident, Reginald Payne, had died on March 3, 2020.

Once this information was received, Detectives initiated an investigation into the incident, which also falls under the City Council policy on video release.  Representatives of the Sacramento Police Department have remained in contact with the immediate family and have provided them an opportunity to view the video footage prior to its release.  



On April 16, 2020 SPD released video and audio material related to this incident. The material consisted of three (3) body-worn camera videos. The material released on April 16, 2020 begins with officers' initial response and ends when the suspect is transported to a local area hospital. 

All video and audio released has been redacted to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of those involved. The faces and/or identifying materials have been blurred, and audio redactions are signified by muted audio with no accompanying sound. The material is available to the media and citizens through the YouTube link below, which was also posted on the Department’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@sacpolice):

Playlist of material released on April 16, 2020 (YouTube link)


The Sacramento Police Department notified the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office of the incident. A response and investigation into the incident will also be conducted by the Force Investigation Team. The investigation will focus on policy, tactics, and training as it relates to the use of force.