- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island town has settled a wrongful death suit with the family of a mentally ill man who died during a 2012 encounter with police and firefighters.

A claims manager for Portsmouth’s insurer, Rhode Island Interlocal Trust, tells The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/2cFFAbn ) the family of Craig Raposa will receive $600,000 in the suit brought by Raposa’s mother.

The suit says 25-year-old Craig Raposa called 911 after his mother, Brenda, failed to answer the door at her apartment. It says she told responders her son was mentally ill and having a manic episode.

It says firefighters helped Sgt. Nicholas Arruda- a defendant in the suit -hold Raposa face-down on the ground. The suit says Raposa died of cardiac asphyxia.

Portsmouth’s attorney couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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