Boston, Massachusetts 2021-05-08 12:27:17 –
Rhode Island officials are investigating the case of a man who died in Providence after being handcuffed by police.
Officers were called in on Friday at about 12:30 am on a report by a man screaming on the street, probably under the influence of drugs, according to a report released by Providence police. They found him moaning incomprehensible as he was rolling on the ground next to the ballfield.
Police officers called an ambulance to the Providence Fire Department and spent more than 10 minutes talking to the man in an attempt to calm him down, but did not answer questions or obey orders.
Then the policeman had what the police described as a “minor struggle” with the man when he handcuffed him to protect the rescue workers.
A bodycam video released by Providence Police shows that a policeman finally held the man down his stomach for about 90 seconds while cuffing his hands behind his back. With the addition of paramedics, the screaming suddenly stopped and it seemed to stop moving.
The camera recorded someone telling him to breathe, but another police officer said, “Please take him off your stomach.” He was put on a stretcher after a while and didn’t seem to be moving.
He was identified as Joseph Bentley, 34 years old. Police said he was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and sentenced to death at 1:41 am.
Deaths have been investigated by Providence Police, Rhode Island State Police, and Rhode Island State Attorney General, investigating deaths that occurred under police control.
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