- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. (AP) - The district attorney says a woman’s hanging in a western Pennsylvania police holding cell is unlikely to result in criminal charges, but hopes police chiefs can come up with better ways to monitor prisoners.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1UwNAsL ) that the sergeant monitoring an intoxicated woman in the North Braddock holding cell on Tuesday left briefly to patrol before returning to find the woman hanged by her shirt.

Zappala says the sergeant believed 43-year-old Dana Thompson wasn’t distressed and was sleeping when he left her alone just after midnight.

County police are continuing to investigate Thompson’s death and say they’re still sifting through conflicting accounts about why the sergeant left the police station.

Zappala wants the county police chiefs’ association to develop better cell-monitoring policies.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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