Report: Drug suspect in police custody hangs himself by his shirt

Brooklyn Currents | 9/10/2013 | 0 comments

A suspect held on a drug-possession charge  used his tank top to hang himself in his cell at the 61st Precinct stationhouse in Gravesend, police sources told the Daily News on Friday, Sept. 7.

The 29-year-old man had been  arrested on Aug. 30 for allegedly having ketamine – an animal tranquilizer commonly used in "date-rape" crimes, known on the street as "Special K" – in his car.

He was discovered hanging in his cell an hour later around 5:45 a.m., the sources said.

He died Thursday, Sept. 6 at Coney Island Hospital. Police would not release his name.

The account of the death was not independently confirmed by this posting.

The 29-year-old suspect was arrested Aug. 30 for having ketamine (an animal tranquilizer known on the street as "Special K") in his car. 

Internal Affairs is looking into whether cops followed rules requiring them to check on prisoners every 30 minutes.

"I can tell you that we do an in-depth investigation any time anything like this happens, and that is precisely what's going on now," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. "So we are looking at that aggressively, Internal Affairs division along with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office."


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