Denver Inmate’s Death at Hands of Deputies Ruled a Homicide

Six sheriffs have been placed on restrictive duties because of Inmate’s death.

Reports from the Denver jail says that some deputies forcibly restrained a man who was in a psychotic episode, on November 11, 2015. He was sent to a nearby hospital, where he was put on life support and died nine days later.

The victim of this fatal incident was Michael Marshal, a 50-year-old man, who was initially arrested on the disturbance of public peace and trespassing at a motel where he had been staying.

A report from the Denver Office of Medical Examiner concluded that Marshall died from “complications of positional asphyxia to include aspiration pneumonia due to being physically restrained by law enforcement during an acute psychotic episode.” This means that he was vomiting and yet law enforcement officers kept him restrained that he choked on it, going without oxygen for 10 to 15 minutes. He later suffered cardiac arrest.

The six officers involved have been put to restrictive duty immediately afterward. This is not the first time such an incident has happened at the Denver jail and it poses a lot of questions on the efficacy of their work. The family is now in shock and refused to be comforted even though internal investigations have started.

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