Group demands answers after man dies in police custody

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 8:01 PM

HAMPTON --  A community has been galvanized by the fate a Hampton man who died in police custody.

Residents are seeking answers about the cause of death of Marlon Jermaine Dixon, 41, who died last week. They want an investigation into the events that led to his death.

The police report issued last week states that officers were responding to a suspicious person complaint in the 300 block of Grant Circle just after 9 a.m. on June 18 when they came into contact with Dixon.

Police say Dixon was "disorderly and combative," according to a news release. Based on his behavior, officers believed he was suffering from a medical condition and attempted to place him in emergency custody.

Officers handcuffed Dixon, who allegedly resisted. Upon completing the procedure, officers noticed he had stopped breathing, according to a press statement given at the time.

Police say the officers then immediately began CPR and called for a medic. Hampton Fire and Rescue personnel transported Dixon to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the cause of death is under investigation and an autopsy is pending.

The officers involved have been put on administrative leave with pay, per Hampton Police Division policy.

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