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Flash: Man Dies in Police Custody in Berkeley

By Hannah Albarazi (BCN)
Thursday February 14, 2013 - 09:33:00 AM

A man died in police custody Tuesday night in Berkeley, police said. 

At about 11:50 p.m., police received a disturbance call in the 2000 block of Allston Way. 

Uniformed officers located a 41-year-old man at a nearby residence, about one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, police said. 

The man became agitated and refused to cooperate with the officers' verbal commands. The man began to scream and violently resist, according to police.  

Officers were able to gain control of the man after a struggle and put him into restraints, police said. 

The subject continued to kick and scream at the officers. Police officers requested the Berkeley Fire Department's assistance in transporting the man with a gurney, due to his large stature. 

While the man was under restraint, officers determined the subject was not breathing. Officers immediately began CPR, police said. 

Fire crews arrived and transported the man to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The case remains under investigation and the name of the deceased has not yet been released, according to police.