Black man dies after police officers pepper spray him while handcuffed

Photo: via Travis Page’s family

A Black man in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died while police custody. According to reports by WXII, Travis Page, 31, was approached by police on the night on Dec. 10.

Authorities were responding to shots fired when they approached Page. After a short chase, they apprehended Page and placed him in handcuffs. He was sprayed by officers and soon lost consciousness. Page was rushed to Baptist Medical Center where he was eventually pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed on Page, but the results won’t be revealed for two to three months.

Page’s mother says that Page had medical issues and that authorities never reached out to her to give notification of her son’s death.

Police departments across the country are being watched closely due to Black men dying in custody at an alarming rate. More recently, police in Chicago have been put under investigation by the Department of Justice after initially concealing a video of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Police in Winston-Salem claim that a gun and drugs were found on Page after an initial search. The four officers involved have been put on administrative leave.

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