NEW YORK (AP) - The head of a New York City police union says officers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in custody.
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch says drugs place the user's life in jeopardy - not police.
"The responsibility for the outcome lies entirely with the drug abuser not the police officers attempting to remove him as a danger to the public and himself,” Lynch said.
His statement comes after the NYPD said it was being investigated following the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP when officers attempting to hospitalize him restrained him, a factor that lead to his death, according to the medical examiner's office.
Police are also being probed for the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island four days after Singleton died.
Lynch said Saturday that officers are trained to follow protocols that ensure the safety of those being arrested.