Another African American died of strangulation at arrest

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A medical examiner from Tacoma has officially issued a death report for Manuel Ellis, who died behind bars after his arrest.

The Pierce Forensic Science Department released the death of Manuel Ellis, who died in early March while in custody at the Tacoma Police Department. He was arrested after he broke the windows of cars.

Investigators at the Pierce County Medical Examinations Department acknowledged the death of 33-year-old Ellis as a murder caused by respiratory arrest and hypoxia due to physical impact. Contributing factors include methamphetamine intoxication and dilated cardiomyopathy, also known as enlarged heart.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for investigating the death of Ellis, the second after the murder of George Floyd by four Minnesota police officers nine days ago. Floyd’s death sparked widespread protests throughout the country.

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