Los Angeles police released body camera video showing what prompted an officer to deploy his Taser on a man who later died.

The incident occurred on January 3 and involved Los Angeles resident Keenan Darnell Anderson, a cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

Anderson, 31, a black man, died at a hospital after suffering a medical emergency about four and a half hours after his arrest, Kelly Muniz, a police spokeswoman, said in a video statement.

The situation began around 3:35 p.m. when a Los Angeles police officer was pulled over for a traffic accident, Muñiz said. Witnesses directed the officer to Anderson, who was «indicated that he caused the vehicle accident,» he said.

Cullors said The Guardian that his cousin, a high school teacher and father, was asking the police for help.

«And he did not receive it. They killed him,» he said. «No one deserves to die in fear, panic and fear for his life. My cousin feared for his life.»

Body camera video shows Anderson in the middle of the street. «Please help me,» she tells the officer before running off.

The officer tells Anderson to «step aside,» the video shows. In response, Anderson says that someone is trying to kill him.

Anderson finally gets on the sidewalk and puts his hands up. «I didn’t mean to,» he tells the officer.

The officer motions for Anderson to stand up against the wall, the video shows. Anderson instead drops to his knees and puts his hands behind his head.

«Please. Please, sir, I didn’t mean to, sir. Please. Please. I’m sorry,» Anderson says, according to the footage.

Anderson tells the officer that he lost his key and that someone fixed his car. After Anderson says again that someone is trying to kill him, the officer asks who he is talking about.

«I had a trick today,» Anderson replies. «I had a trick today, sir. I need to do it. Like, no, no, no.»

Muniz said Anderson remained on the ground for several minutes.

“However, when the additional officers arrived, Anderson suddenly attempted to flee the scene by running into the middle of the street,” he said in the video statement.

«Officers gave chase and ordered Anderson to stop. Anderson was eventually pulled over and ordered to the ground. As officers attempted to stop Anderson, he became increasingly agitated, uncooperative, and resisted the officers».

Body camera video shows Anderson lying on his back in the middle of the street in front of a car. Several officers tell him to roll over on his stomach, and when he doesn’t, they grab him, he shows the video.

«Please sir, don’t do this,» Anderson says in the video. «Please, help me, please… They’re trying to kill me. Please, please, please, please, please.»

The officers tell Anderson that if he doesn’t stop resisting, they will taser him. The footage shows an officer, who appears to be Black, placing his elbow on Anderson’s neck to pin him to the ground.

At one point, Anderson yells, «They’re treating me like George Floyd,» referring to a black man who was killed by Minneapolis police in May 2020.

As a fight between Anderson and police ensues, the video shows an officer deploying his Taser repeatedly. He is then handcuffed and placed in an ambulance to be evaluated for Taser deployment, according to Muñiz and the video. He died at the hospital around 8:15 pm on January 3.

Cullors accused police of failing to protect Anderson, telling The Guardian that they treated him as a «potential criminal».

«It was a traffic accident. Instead of treating him as a possible criminal, the police should have called the ambulance. If there was a policy that traffic stops would be attended by unarmed professionals who come to the scene to help with any situation happened, that would have prevented my cousin’s death,» he said. «And that would have prevented many other deaths.»

In an Instagram post Sunday, Cullors demanded justice for Anderson, writing that he «deserves to be alive right now, his son deserves to be raised by his father.»

She posted: «Keenan, we will fight for you and all of our loved ones affected by state violence. I love you.»

NBC News has contacted Cullors and his representative.

in a Press conference On Wednesday, Police Chief Michael Moore said Anderson had committed a felony hit-and-run and tried to «get into another person’s car without their permission.»

A toxicology report from the police department’s toxicology unit showed Anderson tested positive for the metabolite of cocaine and cannabinoids, Muniz said. The county coroner’s office will perform an independent toxicology test. A cause of death has not yet been released.