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Police: No sign that restraints contributed to man’s death

November 28, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia police chief says prosecutors found no sign that restraints officers used on a naked man during an overdose call contributed to the man’s death after the encounter.

At a news conference Wednesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler blamed the opioid epidemic for 31-year-old Christopher Paul’s death and said he stands behind the officers’ actions. Police released redacted body worn camera footage of the encounter that shows a naked Paul yelling and falling off furniture in a home before officers restrain him.

Roessler says the Commonwealth Attorney’s office found officers “used the amount of physical force necessary” to restrain Paul on June 26. Police said at the time that officers responded to a possible overdose call placed by a family member who had been struck on the head.

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