EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A grand jury has decided not to charge East Providence police over the death of a schizophrenic man who died in police custody.

A spokesman for Attorney General Patrick Lynch said Friday that prosecutors and members of a grand jury believe that police used appropriate force under difficult circumstances when they restrained Leonel Farias.

Police tried to arrest him when responding to a domestic dispute on Feb. 27. Authorities say that Farias came at officers with a knife and refused to drop it.

Farias’ relatives said police used too much force, striking Farias even after he was already knocked to the ground.

He lapsed into unconsciousness and died. The medical examiner attributed his death to excited delirium, due to chronic schizophrenia.


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