Five cops have resigned after they were investigated over the death of a Black man who died after experiencing a medical emergency in police custody in January, authorities said Thursday
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg cops — four officers and a sergeant — allegedly failed to seek immediate medical attention for Harold Easter, a 41-year-old suspect who ingested crack cocaine before he died in January.
Protesters gather outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (Octavio Jones/)
“If they had followed policy, we would have at the minimum given Harold Easter a chance,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings said, according to The Associated Press.
Easter experienced a medical emergency in a police interrogation room where he was left alone for more than 40 minutes, The AP reported.
Easter was pronounced dead on Jan 26, three days after suffering a medical emergency in custody, authorities said.
An independent review board cited the five cops for termination on Sept. 17 after a months-long investigation, according to the police department.
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