Man dies after being hogtied on stretcher by police: witness

Man dies after being hogtied on stretcher by police: witness

A Tennesse man died hours after someone saw police in Mississippi hogtie him as he was face-down on a stretcher.

A fresh round of police brutality claims are circulating after a witness claimed to see a Tennessee man hogtied face-down on a stretcher in Mississippi — a man who later died at the hospital.

Troy Goode, 30, of Memphis died in the hospital on Saturday night, two hours after the Southaven Police Department in Mississippi detained him, according to an Associated Press report.

Goode was on his way to the Widespread Panic concert in Southaven that night along with his wife, Kelli, and the family attorney indicated to a local paper that he was intoxicated, according to the report.

Authorities were called to a parking lot, where emergency personnel detained Goode and took him to the hospital, where he died shortly after, according to Southaven Police Chief Tom Long.

Long said that police were operating on information that he may have been acting erratically from an LSD overdose.

A video of the incident shows Goode on a gurney that is being loaded into the ambulance. Goode’s family have questioned why police needed to hogtie him, with the family attorney saying that he didn’t need to be hogtied if he was under the influence, especially since doing so increases the risk of positional asphyxiation.

Long said in an emailed statement that Goode had been acting strangely and refused to cooperate. The paramedics took him to the hospital for a possible overdose of drugs. It may be two months before a toxicology report is released. A Southaven police spokesman said that hog-tying was not illegal and was a valid form of restraining a suspect.

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