RI town to pay family of man who died in custody
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) -- A Rhode Island town has reached a $1 million settlement with the family of an emotionally disturbed man who died in police custody in 2008.
The Providence Journal reported Friday that West Warwick has agreed to the settlement with the family of Mark Jackson.
In September a federal judge determined that three police officers violated Jackson's rights when they failed to promptly perform CPR after Jackson collapsed following an altercation with police. The 47-year-old man had schizophrenia and died as a result of a heart attack caused by a pre-existing condition. The family's lawsuit claimed police lacked probable cause and used excessive force, including batons and pepper spray during his 2008 arrest.
The settlement was announced by the attorney for Jackson's family.