MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee father died after being “hogtied” by police, despite telling officers that he couldn’t breathe, according to his family’s lawyer.
Troy Goode, 30, was arrested about 7:45 p.m. July 18 in Mississippi for alleged disorderly conduct after he attended a concert with friends. Goode and his friends were “intoxicated” after they took something in the parking lot before the concert, Goode’s family lawyer Tim Edwards told NBC News.
In a statement to NBC News, Lt. Mark E. Little with the Southaven Police Department said Goode seemed to be acting strange and ran from officers. They believe he had taken LSD in the parking lot before the concert.
The family’s other lawyer Kevin McCormack said that witnesses saw Goode being held down by multiple police officers and hogtied before being strapped onto a stretcher face-down.
“His face was buried in the mattress of the stretcher,” Edwards said, according to NBC News. “There was a strap over the back of his head so he couldn’t move his head. His hands and feet were hogtied so he couldn’t move those, either.”
Witnesses reported that Goode was saying, “I can’t breathe” while being strapped in, however they proceeded to put him in the ambulance.
Family members were informed by the hospital at about 9 p.m. that Goode was in stable condition but that they would be arrested for obstruction of justice if they came to the hospital to check on him, McCormack told PIX11 News in a statement. Then less than an hour later, someone from the hospital called Goode’s wife Kelli and informed her that Goode had died.
The family’s attorneys are actively investigating Troy’s arrest to determine exactly what caused his death, and they are awaiting the results of an autopsy that was preformed Monday that will include a toxicology report, McCormack said.
Edwards and McCormack have also requested that the United States Department of Justice investigate the use of force by the Southaven Police Department.