No indictments in death of man in Schenectady police custody

October 19, 2018 12:56 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A grand jury has declined to issue indictments in the death of a New York City man who stopped breathing while in custody of the Schenectady Police Department.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood says Friday that a Schenectady County grand jury declined charges in the May 2017 death of 36-year-old Andrew Kearse of the Bronx.

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Kearse was visiting a friend in Schenectady when police pulled him over for a traffic violation. He sped away, pulled into his friend's driveway and fled on foot. After being caught nearby and handcuffed, he was placed in an officer's car.

Underwood's report says before and during the drive to the police station Kearse told officers dozens of times he was having trouble breathing. Kearse collapsed at the station and was pronounced dead afterward at a hospital.



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