Death in Custody


Autopsy: Man Died Of Cocaine Overdose In Police Holding Cell

AUTOPSY CONFIRMS WHY SUSPECT DIED Chief: After Overdose Death, OPD Upgrading Holding Cell By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to ONEONTA – OPD Chief Douglas Brenner today said a state Commission on Corrections investigator visited the Public Safety Building and said, despite the Nov. 3 death of a suspect who barricaded himself in the holding cell, officers had acted “within policy and reason.” When it comes to tragedies like these, it is sad to hear about how the use of…


Investigation Ongoing In Holding Cell Death

DA, OPD Investigate Death In Holding Cell  Suspect May Have Ingested Drugs, Causing Heart Attack, Chief Says By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to ONEONTA – Oneonta Police and Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl are investigating a death in police custody last evening, after a man arrested on narcotics-trafficking charges swallowed what might have been cocaine, according to Police Chief Douglas Brenner. To Brenner’s knowledge, this is the first time a suspect has died in OPD custody. Kenneth J.…