Port Arthur officers will not be charged in mentally ill man's death

Three Port Arthur Police officers involved in the death of a mentally ill man at a Southeast Texas hospital will not be charged.

BEAUMONT - Three Port Arthur Police officers involved in the death of a mentally ill man at a Southeast Texas hospital will not be charged.

A Jefferson County Grand Jury elected Wednesday not to charge the officers in the August 2016 death of Manual Delacruz, 26.

Port Arthur Police officers Reid Rowe, Shannon Maux and Lance Cherry have been on paid leave since the incident but are now expected to back on the job shortly.

Delacruz died after a struggle with the officers at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.

According to his family Delacruz suffered from schizophrenia and they had brought him to the mid-county hospital for help.
 
While in the emergency room a struggle ensued and Delacruz refused to comply with medical personnel according to previous reports.
 
Police were called to assist and the family says their son was tased, then suffered a fatal heart attack.
 
Despite immediate procedures, medical personnel could not save Delacruz.
 
His father Marco Antonio Delacruz told 12News that  “Manuel was already handcuffed, and the police officers where still struggling with him.” saying that as soon as the crowd of officers opened up, he could see them beating his son.
 
"The officers involved, they want to express their condolences to the Delacruz family," said Lance Bradley, the officers' attorney.
 
Bradley says the autopsy revealed the officers were not at fault in the Port Arthur man's death.
 
"The officers obviously are emotional about the situation," said Bradley. "We did have a loss of life and it definitely affects everyone involved."  
 
The Delacruz's have channeled their emotions into raising awareness about mental health issues.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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