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Police won't be prosecuted in death after beating

Cincinnati prosecutor: No evidence of crime


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(CNN) -- Police who tried to subdue a 350-pound man last year by beating him will not be prosecuted in the man's death, the Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor said Monday.

Prosecutor Michael Allen said in a news conference that a grand jury will not be convened to investigate the death of Nathaniel Jones, 41.

Jones died at a Cincinnati hospital shortly after police hit him with metal nightsticks to subdue him after an altercation in a fast-food parking lot November 30.

Videotapes from police cruisers show officers drew their nightsticks after Jones lunged at one of them, and he continued to fight off policemen as they tried to get him to lie down.

"My office sees no evidence that any crime was committed by any police officer. This conclusion is supported by the police investigation and the independent forensic expert who analyzed the video," Allen told reporters at a news conference.

"It is my decision that this case is now closed and will not be presented to the grand jury," he said.

After performing an autopsy, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Carl Parrott ruled in December that Jones' death was a homicide but noted that the man was obese, had an enlarged heart, and "intoxicating levels" of PCP, embalming fluid and cocaine in his blood.

Despite Jones' potentially lethal combination of health problems, Parrott said, the ultimate cause of death an irregular heartbeat brought on by the stress of the struggle.

His death sparked a tempered anger in Cincinnati. In April 2001, the city experienced four days of race riots after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed young black man.

Five of the officers involved in the altercation with Jones were white, and one was black


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