Brother of Denver inmate says jail death was a crime

Jan 21, 2016 6:52 PM by News Staff

The brother of a Denver jail inmate who died after deputies restrained him says a videotape released by the city shows the death was a crime.

Rodney Marshall, brother of inmate Michael Marshall, said Thursday, "They clearly murdered him."

Michael Marshall died Nov. 11. District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said earlier Thursday he would not file charges against the deputies involved, saying they used necessary force and didn't intend to hurt Marshall.

Authorities have said Marshall was having a psychotic episode. An autopsy concluded he choked on his own vomit and suffocated.

Video released by the city shows four deputies holding the inmate on the ground for up to 15 minutes.

Darold Killmer said Thursday that the inmate was only 5-foot-4 and weighed 112 pounds, while one of the deputies restraining him appeared to weigh about 200 pounds.

Killmer says Marshall had been sitting on a bench but stood up, and a deputy put a hand against him. Killmer says the video had no sound, but the deputy was apparently telling Marshall to sit back down.

Killmer says Marshall didn't immediately sit down, and the deputy pushed him to the bench, then onto the ground, where three other deputies joined in restraining Marshall. Killmer says the video shows deputies were applying weight to the middle of Marshall's back.


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