LONG BEACH, CA (KCAL/CNN) - The family of a man killed by a train a year ago released security video they claim shows a police officer throwing the man into the oncoming train's path.
The struggle between 23-year-old Cesar Rodriguez and the Long Beach police officer on a Metro Rail platform is all caught on camera shot by security cameras aboard a blue line train.
The family says the officer threw Rodriguez into the path of the oncoming train that took his life.
Rodriguez's sister said it took months for them to get this video.
"When we seen that video it was like, a lot of questions that we had as a family, we were able to get those answered," said Evelia Granados.
But the Long Beach Police Department says Rodriguez accidentally fell back during the scuffle with the officer.
The family says for 20 minutes Rodriguez was pinned between the train and platform.
He later died at the hospital.
"He has family, he is able to go back to his family. My brother didn't make it back home," Granados said.
Police say Rodriguez was being stopped on suspicion of not paying his fare and then drugs were found on him and that's when he tried to run from the officers.
Then a fight between an officer and Rodriguez happened.
The family's attorney says the officer never should have tackled him so close to the tracks.
"It's an example of just a complete disregard of safety," the attorney said.
According to police, the officer who tackled Rodriguez is still with the department.
Police wouldn't comment further on the case due to a pending lawsuit.