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Officers Charged in Choking Death

January 3, 2001

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Two white policemen were indicted Wednesday in the case of a black man who died after a struggle with officers.

Robert Jorg, 29, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor assault. Patrick Caton, 34, was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Roger Owensby, 29, suffocated Nov. 7 from ``a choke hold gone bad″ or the weight of police officers wrestling him to the ground, Hamilton County Coroner Carl Parrott said.

Owensby struggled with officers who said they wanted to question him because he fit the description of a suspect. He was sprayed with a chemical irritant, police said. He died at a hospital less than two hours later.

Lawyers for the officers did not immediately return calls for comment.

Owensby’s death angered black activists, who alleged police have a history of using excessive force.

Involuntary manslaughter carries up to five years in prison. The assault charge is punishable by up to six months.

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