North Carolina city seeks video after man dies in custody

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A man’s death in police custody has been ruled a homicide by the North Carolina medical examiner, and officials want a court to release body-camera footage of the events.

According to the News & Record of Greensboro , the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday that officers put 38-year-old Marcus Deon Smith in a patrol car on Sept. 8 after finding him suicidal, disoriented and running through traffic.

The autopsy report says Smith got out of the car. Multiple officers then cuffed his hands behind his back and put a strap on his ankles to secure them to the handcuffs. He then became unresponsive.

The report says Smith died of cardiopulmonary arrest caused by a variety of factors including “prone restraint” as well as a combination of drugs, alcohol and cardiovascular disease.

The city says officers followed all procedures prior to Smith’s death.


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