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Man in Vegas Dies in Police Custody After Neck Restraint

ACLU condemns practice, but department says it wasn't a chokehold

(Newser) - A man's death while in police custody on the Las Vegas Strip is making headlines, in part because of an officer's use of a neck restraint. Police say the incident began when the man approached two officers inside the Venetian hotel and casino about 1am Sunday, reports the... More »

Police Drop Bombshell About Freddie Gray Arrest

Police reveal officers' statements to the Baltimore Sun

(Newser) - An officer involved in the infamous Freddie Gray arrest—which sparked rioting and political upheaval in Baltimore after Gray died a week later—conceded that the man appeared to need medical help while in police custody, the Baltimore Sun reports. According to officer William Porter, Gray asked for help while... More »

Sandra Bland Told Jailers of Previous Suicide Attempt

It occurred last year

(Newser) - When Sandra Bland was being booked into jail, she filled out a form saying she had attempted suicide with pills within the past year, the Houston Chronicle reports. For a reason, she wrote "lost baby." Bland also indicated that she was not feeling suicidal at the time of... More »

Sandra Bland Arrest Video Wasn't Edited, Say Officials

Inconsistencies spotted in dashcam video came from upload glitch: DPS

(Newser) - A rep for the Texas Department of Public Safety says the dashcam video of Sandra Bland's arrest "has not been edited" and that various inconsistencies are the result of a "technical issue during posting," reports the Texas Tribune and NBC News . The DPS earlier said it... More »

Video: Cop Tells Sandra Bland, 'I Will Light You Up'

Dashcam video shows tense arrest

(Newser) - Authorities in Texas have released the dashcam video of the arrest of Sandra Bland , and it reveals an increasingly hostile encounter between her and trooper Brian Encinia, reports NBC and the New York Times . After an initial exchange, Encinia tells Bland she seems irritated and she answers, "I am.... More »

Asthmatic Dad Dies After Cops Hogtie Him Facedown

Troy Goode's family wants answers as arrest video emerges

(Newser) - Another death in police custody has a Tennessee family scrambling for answers. Family attorney Tim Edwards tells NBC News that Troy Goode, 30, "ingested" something outside a Widespread Panic concert in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday and "got paranoid." The Memphis man, father to a 15-month-old child, reportedly... More »

Timeline Emerges in Sandra Bland's Jail Cell Death

Bland left alone for 90 minutes before she was found dead: cop

(Newser) - "What happened to Sandy Bland?" read a sign held by a woman camped out yesterday outside the building where the 28-year-old was found dead on July 13. There is still no answer, but there are more details: A timeline of Bland's final hours before she was found dead... More »

Could Arrest Video Hold Answers in Odd Jail Death?

Family members say Sandra Bland's jail death wasn't suicide

(Newser) - Sandra Bland was supposed to start a new job this week, but she was found dead in a jail cell Monday morning in what police say was a suicide and family members say was something more sinister. The Chicago-area resident was taken into custody after allegedly kicking an officer during... More »

Student's Death in Police Custody Ruled a Homicide

21-year-old in Georgia found in cell; 9 deputies fired

(Newser) - Another high-profile case with allegations of police brutality has surfaced, this time out of Savannah, Ga. The county coroner has ruled the death of local student and 21-year-old Nigerian native Matthew Ajibade a homicide, reports CNN . Ajibade died in police custody on New Year's Day following his arrest on... More »

Nigerian Rebel Leader Dies in Police Custody

(Newser) - The leader of an uprising set on introducing Islamic law in Nigeria died in custody today, the BBC reports. Mohammed Yusuf was captured in his in-laws’ goat pen in Maiduguri—and was later seen standing and with no visible injuries by a Reuters reporter. “He has been killed,”... More »

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