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April 10, 1994 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Excessive force by sheriff's deputies probably contributed to a prisoner's death last month in the jail ward of County-USC Medical Center, two nurses who work in the facility charged Saturday. "I think (deputies) were responsible for his death," William Strachan, a nurse who was among witnesses to the incident, said in an interview. "I think they used excessive and unnecessary force, which caused his death," Johnnie Blue, the other nurse said.
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March 6, 1994
A prisoner died at the County-USC jail ward as law enforcement officers restrained the man during a violent outburst, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Saturday. The 41-year-old prisoner, whose name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin, had been taken into custody Friday when he allegedly assaulted a Los Angeles police officer responding to a domestic dispute in the 12200 block of Pacific Avenue in Mar Vista.
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July 7, 1993 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The death of a 38-year-old Sylmar woman in the Van Nuys jail was being investigated by Los Angeles police Tuesday but the cause will not be known until the completion of an autopsy later this week, officials said. Helen Davis was found dead on the floor of a cell she shared with three other women about 6:15 p.m. Monday, when jailers began moving inmates to dinner, Lt. William Hall said.
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April 2, 1993
An 18-year-old Salvadoran immigrant whose death in Los Angeles police custody last week triggered allegations of police brutality probably succumbed to a drug overdose, a police official said Thursday. Los Angeles Police Lt. William Hall, who headed the investigation into the death of Walter Recinos, said pathologists performing an autopsy discovered a plastic wrapping containing a substance suspected of being cocaine that Recinos apparently had swallowed as he was arrested.
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January 31, 1993 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man police officers subdued with pepper spray and hand and ankle restraints apparently died while in their custody Saturday, after he swallowed nuggets of rock cocaine, authorities said. The 34-year-old man, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, died shortly after police responded to a 911 call in Van Nuys about 10 a.m., Los Angeles Police Officer Sharyn Michelson said.
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January 31, 1993
A man whom police officers subdued with pepper spray and hand and ankle restraints died Saturday after he swallowed nuggets of rock cocaine, authorities said. The 34-year-old man, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, died shortly after police responded to a 911 call in Van Nuys about 10 a.m., Los Angeles Police Officer Sharyn Michelson said.
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January 29, 1993 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
A 32-year-old North Hollywood man apparently hanged himself with a mattress cover in a Van Nuys Jail cell, Los Angeles police said Thursday. The man, whose name was not made public pending notification of relatives, was found hanging from the cover, which was tied around the bars of his cell door, about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday in the jail at the Van Nuys Police Station, Officer Art Holmes said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Holmes said, and the death was being considered a suicide.
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January 1, 1993 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pair of teen-age gang members who were among the mourners at a comrade's funeral have been arrested in the widely publicized shooting death of a gang rival outside the church memorial in South-Central Los Angeles, police announced Thursday.
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December 30, 1992 | SUSAN MOFFAT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of a fatal shooting at a gang-related funeral, a police official said Tuesday that mortuaries will be asked to give warning of memorial services that could spark violence. Vernon Lincoln, 22, was shot Monday outside the funeral of Anthony Dion Bowie, who died after a Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall staffer allegedly administered an illegal chokehold. There were no police present at or near the funeral when the shooting occurred at the corner of 109th Street and Broadway, said Capt.
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December 29, 1992 | SUSAN MOFFAT and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The funeral of one young man led to the death of another Monday when a mourner was shot to death as he left memorial services for Anthony Dion Bowie, who had died in juvenile hall of an alleged chokehold used by a staff member. Friends of Bowie, 16, had begun filing out of the New Life Baptist Church, and family members were still mourning at his open casket at 3 p.m. when shots rang out on the street.
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