No Charges Filed over Shoplifting Suspect Who Died in Custody


Salt Lake City police didn’t do anything deserving of criminal charges in the case of a man who died after he was taken into custody outside a hardware store in May, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has decided. In fact, Gill said in a ruling issued Tuesday, police apparently didn’t do anything at all that led to the death of Mischa Ryan Cox.

Cox, 30, was tackled on May 2 by employees and customers of the Ace Hardware at 612 E. 400 South in Salt Lake City, police reported. Cox, who had been accused of shoplifting from the store, was unconscious on the asphalt of the store’s parking lot when Salt Lake City police officers arrived, 8 minutes after receiving a 911 call.

Police handcuffed Cox, then spent 2 1/2 minutes performing CPR before paramedics took over. Cox was hospitalized, and his death was announced by police on May 7. The officers’ actions were recorded by body cameras, and the footage was released on May 17… The Salt Lake Tribune

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