NYC police union leader: Officers aren't responsible for death of drugged-out man in custody

Associated Press

The head of a New York City police union says officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in custody.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch says drugs place the user's life in jeopardy — not police.

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His statement comes after the New York Police Department said it was being investigated following the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP when officers attempting to hospitalize him restrained him. The medical examiner's office says the restraint led to his death.

Police are also being investigated for the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island four days after Singleton died.

Lynch said Saturday that officers are trained to follow protocols that ensure the safety of those being arrested.