The white police officers with ties to the death of the African-American man Eric Lurry have learned that they “played no role and shared no responsibility” in his death even though one of them forced a baton into his throat.
Full story below.
Trigger warning: Violence.
Joliet police say that they took Mr. Lurry into custody on January 29th during an undercover drugs operation.
In footage pulled from the police car’s dash cam, Lurry appears to lose consciousness as he sat in the backseat of the vehicle which aggravated the arresting officers as they attempted to pull him out.
The disturbing video then sees one of the officers slap him in the face and hold his nose as the other (Bill McCue) violently forces a baton into his throat.
Eric passed away shortly after and his wife, who was carrying twins at the time, miscarried after seeing the video.
The upsetting visualwas released several months after the incident took place because a Sergeant named Javier Esqueda suspected there was more to the story and felt the violation of Mr. Lurry’s body by the officers may have played a part in his death.
Unfortunately, a coroner named Patrick O’Neil has determined that Eric passed away because he overdosed on the drugs he may have been ingested.
It is the opinion of the Will County Coroner’s Office and the independent board certified forensic pathologist, who conducted the autopsy, that the Joliet Police Department officers played no role and shared no responsibility in the unfortunate and untimely accidental drug overdose death of Eric D. Lurry Jr.
Eric’s death comes years after a French police officer was charged with the rape of a 22-year-old man named Theo after used the same instrument to violate him during a search for drugs. No drugs were found.