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Raleigh police video released after man dies in custody

Posted January 19, 2018 5:02 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 1:41 p.m. EDT

— Following the approval of a Superior Court judge, Raleigh police on Friday released video of a man in police custody, which the police department said would refute video circulating on social media suggesting that officers mistreated the man, who later died.

Curtis Roeman Mangum, 32, was arrested on drug-related charged during a Jan. 10 traffic stop in the 400 block of Rose Lane.

The Raleigh Police Department said Mangum was taken to its South-East District Station on Cross Link Road, where external security cameras show him arriving in a patrol car and walking into the station at 11:16 p.m. and leaving the station and meeting with EMS personnel at 11:32 p.m.

Mangum was taken to WakeMed, where he died a few hours later.

The State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the circumstances of Mangum's death.

The Raleigh Police Department's initial investigative report, which was released Friday evening, states that Mangum "appeared less steady on his feet and was quieter than he had been earlier" while at the police station. Preliminary autopsy results show that "a torn plastic bag was found inside Mr. Mangum’s stomach" and that the only injury he had was "a small scrape" on one of his shins, according to the department's report.

A final autopsy report with a cause of death hasn't been released.

Police said they learned Friday of a video posted on social media by two people in the car during the traffic stop in which they assert police officers dragged Mangum into the police station because he couldn't walk, and he then vomited, collapsed on the floor and died inside.

A state law that took effect in late 2016 restricts the release of police video, so the Raleigh Police Department had to obtain a court order to release its video of Mangum.

Judge Graham Shirley approved the video be shown "as many times and to as many parties as [the department] reasonably believes is necessary to further transparency and promote public trust of the Police Department and the criminal justice system."

Police said they have no video of Mangum's arrest because the officer who made the traffic stop didn't have a dashboard camera in his patrol car.