LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Police in Lansing are being sued by the family of a man who died in a jail last spring.
Officers pinned Anthony Hulon to the ground on his chest and stomach, interfering with his ability to breathe, according to the lawsuit.READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Why Your Next Relief Payment May Not Be $1,400
Hulon, 54, died from asphyxia, or suffocation, and his death was ruled a homicide by the Ingham County medical examiner, attorney Jennifer Damico said Monday.
“I can’t breathe. … I’m passing out,” Hulon said, according to a video of the April 11 incident.
At one point, an officer asked, “Is he sleeping?”
Hulon was in jail for domestic violence. He had been returned to the lockup after being taken to a hospital where methamphetamine and ecstasy were detected. Hulon was agitated and fighting officers.READ MORE: Looking to Travel? Here are the Latest COVID-19 Travel Restrictions State by State
“It’s tragic that we continue to see more and more instances of police brutality,” Damico said. “This department, once and for all, needs to be held accountable.”
Lansing police and city officials declined to comment on the lawsuit. State police investigated Hulon’s death and sent a report to the attorney general’s office. The investigation remains open.Michigan Lawmakers raise concerns over reports of National Guard troops being served 'raw, moldy food' at US Capitol
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