A Ohio man died in police custody last week after being taken down by a Knox County Deputy, police say.
33-year-old David Dehmann, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome and autism, was seriously injured by a deputy at the Knox County Jail in Mount Vernon, April 21.
Dehmann was taken into custody for alleged public intoxication, transported to a hospital, then released, but arrested a second time for alleged persistent disorderly conduct.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that “while Dehmann was in the jail’s intake area he became aggressive with the jail staff making an aggressive move towards Deputy [Chase] Wright. Mr. Dehmann did attempt to hit Dep. Wright in the face, causing Dep. Wright to place Mr. Dehmann into a takedown hold, taking him to the ground to get control of him.
Once control was gained, police say, it was found that Mr. Dehmann had hit his head on the floor during the incident. Dehmann was transported to KCH ER by Mount Vernon medics for a medical evaluation, where he later died Wednesday.
Dehmann’s family says the mans medical conditions were known by local law enforcement officers.
“I’d like to know, I want to know what happened when my boy’s head hit that concrete. You know, I want to know what happened,” Dehmann’s father, also named David, said. “My only son, you know, that’s hard. I don’t know what happened to him other than he got his head hit going down in the takedown whatever. I’m not happy over it a bit, man. It’s rocked my world.”
Surveillance video of the takedown was captured, but the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation says the video cannot be released publicly because it is part of an investigation. They are now reviewing the incident.
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