Man dies while in Memphis Police custody - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man dies while in Memphis Police custody

Neighbors and police have different story versions in the death of a Memphis man in police custody.

Neighbors claim they saw officers beat the man before they brought him into custody.

It all began shortly before Midnight Saturday when Memphis Police say three Entertainment District officers noticed a man blocking the sidewalk with his bike on South Third and Gayoso. They say the man rode off when police approached him to tell him to move.

The officers caught up with the man seven blocks away on Vance and Abel where they cuffed him. That's where neighbors say the beating happened. However, officers claim the man started having trouble breathing after they brought him to 201 Poplar.

Police say he later died at the MED where he showed no signs of a struggle such as cuts or bruises.

"We know of no known medical problems and we're attempting to contact his family at this time to make sure that they're aware of his passing," said Lieutenant Joe Scott.

Police are not releasing the man's name yet. They say he also had an outstanding felony warrant in a domestic abuse case. Police are missing an important piece of evidence: a red mountain bike. They say while they were cuffing the man, someone took the bike.

The three officers are on routine administrative leave.

The medical examiner's office is scheduled to conduct an autopsy Monday.

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