Man With Asthma Dies After Being Tied Face Down To Stretcher By Police
A concertgoer allegedly on an acid trip was hogtied by police and died shortly after.
Huffington Post reports on Saturday, 30-year-old Troy Goode and his wife were on their way to their Memphis home from a Widespread Panic concert in Southaven, Mississippi when Goode suddenly got out of the car outside of a shopping center.
Memphis attorney Tim Edwards said Goode was had been drinking, but a spokesperson from the Southaven Police Department allegedly said the chemical engineer appeared to be operating on "LSD or something similar."
Chief Tom Long of the Southaven Police Department reportedly said,
The officers on scene and ambulance personnel and hospital personnel felt like the information of the alleged overdose fit the protocol that they were seeing of his actions.
For unknown reasons, police arrived at the scene to arrest Goode for disorderly conduct.
According to Huffington Post, witness Ashley Dunlap said,
He opened the back door to the K9 police car. The officers had to tame the dog and keep the dog under control and then the man starts running ... So the police officers had to run after him.
At around 7:45 pm, officers hogtied Goode, who had asthma, and placed him face down on a stretcher.
The New York Daily News reports, while being hogtied, Goode repeatedly screamed,
I can't breathe.
He died at a hospital approximately two hours later.
Edwards acknowledged Goode was acting "erratically," but he doesn't believe he was doing anything to warrant hogtying.
The attorney said,
There was no threat to any police officer. He weighed 160 pounds. He was a small guy.
An autopsy will be performed, but Edwards said it could take three to four weeks for the results to be released.
The family, who is yet to make a public statement, may pursue legal action against the police depending on the determined cause of death.
The video below shows Goode being hauled into the ambulance as witnesses describe the scene.
Citations: Comment Man With Asthma Dies After Being Hogtied By Mississippi Police (The Huffington Post), Man dies while in Southaven police custody (WTSP), Man dies in police custody after being hogtied following concert in Mississippi (The New York Daily News)