5 officers recommended for dismissal after death in custody
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Five Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers have been recommended for termination for their handling of a man who died after being taken into custody earlier this year.
At a press conference Friday, Police Chief Johnny Jennings said the four officers and a sergeant had knowledge that the man, 46-year-old Harold Easter, had swallowed cocaine during his arrest but left him unattended in an interview room for more than 20 minutes.
Easter suffered a medical emergency while in custody and died two days after his arrest in January.
Local prosecutors are still considering possible criminal charges in Easter’s death.