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Family of man who died in police custody granted hearing

By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

10:54 PM EST, November 18, 2013

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Baltimore City Council on Monday agreed to hold a hearing into the death of a 44-year-old man while in police custody this summer.

Family and friends of Tyrone West said they're grateful for the council action. About a dozen attended Monday's hearing and filled the chamber will applause after the vote.

"We've been praying for my brother," said Tawanda Jones, West's sister. "This is one step that we appreciate. We hope that the truth will come out."

Police have said West suffered medical distress after fighting with officers during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore, but witnesses say officers beat West. The officers involved have been suspended.

The resolution calls for the police department and medical examiner's office to explain why its taken an "abnormally long time" to determine a cause of death in West's case.

The autopsy results in West's case remain incomplete after 120 days. Such exams typically take 90 days to complete, according to Councilman Bill Henry, who co-sponsored the resolution calling for the hearing.

A hearing date before the council's public safety committee has not been set, but will likely be held next month.

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