TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Pima County Attorney’s Office said Monday that it won’t pursue criminal charges against four Tucson police officers in connection with an in-custody death five months ago.
In a 14-page letter, county prosecutors said the office’s review of the case showed “there is insufficient evidence to prove negligent or reckless homicide.”
Authorities said 27-year-old Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez died while in handcuffs on the floor of his grandmother’s garage.
She had called 911 to say he was running around naked and acting erratically.
The county medical examiner ruled the manner of Ingram-Lopez’ death was “undetermined” with the cause of death attributed to “sudden cardiac arrest in the setting of acute cocaine intoxication and physical restraint” with an enlarged heart as a “significant contributing condition.”
Three of the officers involved resigned after the April 21 incident, but Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus said they would’ve been terminated following the investigation.
Tucson TV station KVOA reported Aug. 5 that Ingram-Lopez’s family had filed a $19 million claim against the city and the three former police officers.
The city has 60 days to respond to the claim before a lawsuit can be filed.
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