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Office of Attorney General Clears Officers of In-Custody Death of Noel Charriez

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Sean Cahill

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The Attorney Generals Office has determined that the in-custody death of Noel Charriez will not be presented to a grand jury for review. Investigators concluded that "the action of the Providence Police officers did not contribute to Mr. Charriez's death, it was determined that the officers' actions were lawful, and that no further action was warranted."

An autopsy performed on Charriez determined the cause of death was "combined cocaine, heroin and bath salt intoxication."

On February 24, 2013, Patrol officers Luis Fernandez, Eugene Craven and James Carr, were called to the area of 73 Chapin Street where they found Charriez inside a silver Nissan motor vehicle that did not belong to him, honking the horn and appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Charriez was shouting for the "voices" to leave and that he was "being watched." He was sweating profusely, foaming at the mouth, and becoming increasingly angry and disoriented.

After unsuccessful verbal attempts to remove Charriez from the vehicle, officers physically removed and handcuffed him. One handcuff was removed at advisement of rescue personnel when Charriez began vomiting. He then became unresponsive and seemed to have no pulse. He was immediately treated for cardiac arrest and taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35.

The matter was investigated by a multi-agency team comprised of members of the Providence Police Department's Internal Investigations and Inspections Division/Office of Professional Responsibility, the Rhode Island State Police and the Office of Attorney General.

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