Former Detroit Electrician Sarasota, who was fired from his job after a video surfaced of him threatening to attack the mayor and police chief, died on Thursday.
He was 65.
Sarasota was one of three men who were fired from their jobs over the weekend over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody after suffering a spinal injury.
Sarasekso was fired last month after a grand jury in Montgomery County declined to indict him on charges of involuntary manslaughter and malicious prosecution in the death.
In his court filing, Sarasotas attorney, Mark Nissen, said the man had worked for the city of Detroit for 22 years and never had a problem with the police department.
He had a lengthy criminal record that included three convictions for assaulting a police officer, as well as a conviction for assault with intent to kill.
He also had a conviction of assaulting his wife and had an aggravated battery conviction, according to court documents.
Sarsota is believed to have received threatening phone calls in the weeks before his death, according.
According to Nissens attorney, Saraseks was fired because of a “disturbing video that has been circulating the Internet” that allegedly shows him calling for the killing of the mayor of the city and a police chief.
Nissen also claimed that Sarasots wife, who had a history of mental illness, had threatened him and his family and was involved in domestic violence, according a statement.
“Mr. Sarasotos wife threatened to kill her husband and their three children if the family did not leave the city,” Nissenstein wrote.
“This is a remarkable situation.
We are very grateful to the authorities in Montgomery and Detroit for their quick action.”
Sarasinos death came just a week after Detroit police released a video showing him yelling “get him” and hitting another man who was sitting in the street.
He then punches the victim in the face and neck before he gets up and runs away.
He is then seen lying on the ground, still holding the knife.
In the video, Sarasinos can be heard yelling at the victim, “Get him!”
The victim, who is white, can be seen getting up from the ground and yelling back, “You’re going to die.”
In the meantime, Saratasota has been fired from the Detroit Electric Department, the city’s largest employer.
The city said he was fired due to his “inconsistencies” with the department’s hiring practices.
Nissens claim that he was told by his supervisors that the employee had made “unnecessary contact” with another employee.