Wednesday, May 28, 2003

More on the 57 year old woman who died during a police raid on her home.

"The office of Chief Medical Examiner Charles S. Hirsch formally concluded that the death of the woman, Alberta Spruill, a 29-year city employee, was a homicide, citing the unusual circumstance of "sudden death following police raid," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the office.
The homicide ruling means Ms. Spruill's death was caused by the hand of another, as opposed to a death by natural causes or a suicide, but it neither places blame nor ascribes civil liability to the police.
In setting out the cause of death, the medical examiner's office also cited the "flash grenade detonation and handcuffing" and Ms. Spruill's "hypertensive heart disease," Ms. Borakove said. One official added that her death had been caused by 'the stress of the raid — the stress and the fear that she experienced."

So they admit that her death was a direct consequence of their actions, yet they deny responisbility. Fascinating.

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