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NYPD under investigation for killing black man who dies days before Eric Garner

Ronald Singleton

Ronald Singleton, 45, is the second man to die after being allegedly mishandled by NYPD. He was placed in a “protective body wrap” to physically restrain him after becoming combative while riding in a taxi and fighting with a polio officer on foot patrol near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

The medical examiner has ruled Singleton was in a state of “excited delirium,” which is linked to severe intoxication from PCP or angel dust. When he was arrested, he was placed in a protective body wrap to keep him physically restrained while being transported to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

The ME says the wrap contributed to his death as well as cites heart disease exacerbated by high blood pressure and thickened arteries, as well as obesity, as contributing factors in his death.

Singleton’s death took place four days before Eric Garner was placed in a chokehold for illegally selling cigarettes.



2 Comments

  1. P. Johnson on September 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Article says “fighting with a POLIO officer” Im guessing thats a typo. Just a heads up

  2. Shawanna Baumgart on September 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

    SO THEY CAN’T PEND THAT ON THE NYPD BECAUSE OF THE DRUGS THAT HE WAS ON AND HIS HEALTH CONDITION THAT RULES OVER EVERYTHING SO THE CASE AGAINST THE NYPD IS OPEN AND SHUT THEIR IS NO CASE HE WAS UNHEALTHY AND ON DRUGS THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME PROVING THAT THE COPS CAUSED HIS DEATH.