Dover to pay family of man who died in custody

November 25, 2008 5:52:21 AM PST
The city of Dover has agreed to pay a Long Island, N.Y., family more than $102,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a man died in city police custody. Another $49,000 will be paid to cover the family's legal bills.

The lawsuit alleged Charles Banks was found outside Kent General Hospital on April 17, 2005, in distress and unable to speak. According to court documents, Banks had taken drugs and was wanted for an attempted robbery. The lawsuit alleged a Dover police officer prevented the emergency room staff from treating Banks and took him into custody.

Banks went into respiratory failure at police headquarters and died after he was returned to the hospital.

An attorney for the city, Daniel Griffith, says an investigation determined that police acted lawfully.

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Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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