By Kaylee Greenlee
Prosecutors cleared officers of misconduct in an incident where an Arkansas man who said he couldn’t breathe died in police custody, a local CBS affiliate reported.
Lionel Morris, 39, ran from officers after they received a report that he was shoplifting in Conway, Ark., on Feb. 4, CBS affiliate KTHV reported. Morris placed one officer in a chokehold and threatened them with a knife before he was tased by at least three different officers, according to the report.
Arkansas State Police and prosecutors cleared the officers involved in the incident of wrongdoing, KTHV reported. Prosecuting attorney Carol Crews said the medical examiner determined that Morris’s death was caused by, “methamphetamine intoxication with a combination of exertion, struggle, restraint and conducted electrical weapon deployment.”
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“After a thorough review, the prosecutor determined there was no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by the Conway Police Department or the Conway police officers involved in this unfortunate incident,” Conway Police Chief William Tapley said in a video posted to YouTube. (Warning: Graphic content)