(Troy Goode with his son. Photograph: Courtesy the Goode family)

The family of a man who died after being “hogtied” by police in Southaven, Mississippi, say they were threatened with arrest after they requested to visit him in hospital before his death.

Troy Goode, a chemical engineer from Memphis, Tennessee, died on Saturday evening after Southaven police were called to a reported disturbance. Goode was arrested after “acting strange” and resisting officers, according to police. Goode and his wife, Kelli, had attended a rock concert in the city and the 30-year-old father had taken LSD, according to police.

Eyewitness video shows Goode was placed face-down on a stretcher with his arms and legs bound during the arrest, before he was placed in the back of an ambulance. He told officers he was having trouble breathing in this position, according to lawyers for the Goode family. He died in hospital about two hours later…

“Paramedics arrived on scene, and I see them put him in a four-point restraint or hogtie, I don’t know how else to describe it,” McLaughlin told the Clarion-Ledger. “His legs were crossed, pulled back, by my vantage point, his hands were pulled back, and I think affixed to at least one of his legs…

Goode’s is the second death in police custody to occur in Mississippi this month, according to The Counted, an ongoing investigation into officer-involved deaths in the United States. Jonathan Sanders, a 39-year-old unarmed black man, died after reportedly being placed in a 20-minute chokehold by a Stonewall police officer. The medical examiner has provisionally ruled Sanders died of asphyxiation, according to attorneys.

Goode was the father to a 15-month-old son and worked as a plant engineer for nexAir, a local industrial supply company. He was also a local charity volunteer, according a statement from the family’s lawyers…

4 thoughts on “Man ‘hogtied’ by Mississippi police dies

  1. amazing how abusive cops can be…and how selective the media is…currently, our local news is all over the woman who died in jail…apparent suicide…but this a common plague in the US that’s barely getting noticed

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  2. Another profession in America that is not sufficiently feared and distrusted. I can’t think of a time they ever did anything to help anyone in my family or my friends, but have dozens of tales of police brutality just among my friends and family alone. In not one incident were any of us involved in criminal behavior. Police harassment was a normal occurrence where I grew up. We’re all white, too, for anyone who thinks this only happens to black people.

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