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Hearing on Las Vegas man’s in-custody death fails to assure family

Las Vegas Sun
October 2, 2020

On their own, heart disease, scarred lungs or methamphetamine could’ve killed Byron Williams the morning he died in Metro Police custody. But being cuffed behind his back as he lay on his stomach uttering “I can’t breathe” for the 24th time as officers awaited an ambulance contributed to his death on Sept. 5, 2019, a medical examiner who conducted his autopsy testified Friday during a public fact-finding review.

The hearing, held after the Clark County District Attorney’s Office made a “preliminary determination” that the officers will not face any criminal charges, took place at the county’s government building chambers. It aimed to more thoroughly brief Williams’ loved ones and the public on what occurred when he lost his life.

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