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Chicago Man Dies During Attempted Drug Arrest

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #684)
Consequences of Prohibition
Drug War Issues

[Editor's Note: This year, Drug War Chronicle is trying to track every death directly attributable to drug law enforcement during the year. We can use your help. If you come across a news account of a killing related to drug law enforcement, please send us an email at [email protected].]

A resident of Chicago's West Side died Wednesday night after allegedly swallowing drugs as police officers tried to arrest him. Paris Turner, 26, becomes the 26th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to police, officers saw Turner "acting suspiciously" in "an area known for drug trafficking." When they attempted to take him into custody, he resisted arrest and swallowed a clear plastic bag, then took off running. He collapsed in the street.

He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine cause of death.

Another report
cited "sources" (read: the cops) who said it appeared he died of an overdose.

One officer suffered minor injuries in the incident and was treated and released at a local hospital.

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