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Prosecutors cleared officers of misconduct in an incident where an Arkansas man who said he couldn’t breathe died in police custody, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Lionel Morris, 39, ran from officers after they received a report that he was shoplifting in Conway, Arkansas, on Feb. 4, CBS affiliate KTHV reported.
Morris placed one officer in a chokehold and threatened them with a knife before he resisted arrest and was tased by at least three different officers, according to the report.

Arkansas State Police and prosecutors cleared the officers involved in the incident of wrongdoing, KTHV reported. Prosecuting attorney Carol Crews said the medical examiner determined that Morris’s death was caused by, “methamphetamine intoxication with a combination of exertion, struggle, restraint and conducted electrical weapon deployment.”

“After a thorough review, the prosecutor determined there was no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by the Conway Police Department or the Conway police officers involved in this unfortunate incident,” Conway Police Chief William Tapley said in a video posted to YouTube.

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Tapley said a toxicology report found methamphetamine, morphine, amphetamine, opiates and cannabinoids in Moris’s system at the time of the incident.

“The level of drugs Mr. Morris had in his system and the strain he exerted while struggling with police ultimately contributed to his death,” Tapley said.

Shortly after the taser was deployed Morris can be heard saying, “oh my god, oh my god, my heart, call the ambulance,” Morris then repeatedly told officers, “I can’t breathe,” video shows.

One officer responded: “If you can talk, you can breathe. Chill out.”

At least four officers can be seen restraining Morris to handcuff him, video shows. One officer knelt on Morris’s back and kept one foot on Morris’s back after he stood up.

After Morris was handcuffed, one officer asked another if they had any hand sanitizer since multiple officers came into contact with Morris’s blood, body camera footage shows. The officer then said, “yeah we finally got him in cuffs, I smashed his head on the – one of the – whatchamacallits, the aisles on the corner and he’s bleedin’ everywhere.”

The video shows numerous police cars and one ambulance outside the supermarket. (RELATED: ‘You’re Going To Kill Me Man’: Body Cam Transcripts Show George Floyd Told Officers He Couldn’t Breathe 20 Times)

An officer said, Morris is “not breathin’ right now,” and a medic can be seen performing chest compressions in the background, video shows. Morris was pronounced dead in the ambulance before he arrived at the hospital, KTHV reported.

Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry, an independent, ordered the public release of the body camera footage and had some of the involved officers placed on paid leave until the conclusion of an internal investigation, KTHV reported.

“Upon my review of the footage from the scene, I observed some things that were concerning to me,” Castleberry said in a video posted to YouTube. “While the police department has my full support, there are some behaviors that must change.”

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Best quotes from Lighting, Blue Jackets 5-OT epic: Im tired right now if you guys cant notice

The Lightning skated away with a 3-2 victory in the fifth overtime on Tuesday night in the very first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs first round.

After a crazy-long game (fourth-longest in NHL history) you know the quote machine would be churning, especially when you have John Tortorella involved.

Here’s a quick recap of the best quotes of the night.

Brayden Point (TBL) on where his goal ranks among all the goals he has scored:

“Yeah, it’s up there. It’s got to be the biggest I would say. Um, geez, man, I don’t know. Just finally one goes in, I think that’s the emotion. You know, just super excited. But you know, we can’t forget that’s only one game and there’s a lot of series left to be played.”

Seth Jones (CBJ) after playing an NHL-record number of minutes:

“I feel fine.”

By the numbers: Lightning defeat Blue Jackets in 5-OT NHL playoff thriller

Yanni Gourde (TBL) on battling mental fatigue:

“I think the key is probably, like, getting off the ice when you’re really tired. I mean, keep your shift short and I think by doing that you can avoid making mental mistakes because you’re too tired. I think if you send a French, a fresh — Oh my God, my words are terrible.

“My bad. I’m tired right now if you guys can’t notice. Ah, yeah. Send a fresh guy out there it’s much easier.”

Pierre-Luc Dubois said the Blue Jackets only had one meal today…at 9 AM.

— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) August 12, 2020

Jonas Korpisalo (CBJ) on whether Vladislav Gavrikov taking what looked like a shot to the head right before the goal distracted him:

“No.”

Jon Cooper (TBL) on what he’ll remember most about the game:

“How cold my feet were the entire game. … I’ll remember looking at my salmon salad, wanting to eat it the whole time there in the game but I thought that was going to, I don’t know, break up the karma so I stayed hungry.”

MORE: How NHL head coaches stay warm in an ice-cold rink (even in the summer)

Jon Cooper (TBL) on interaction with the Bruins coaches during overtime:

“I’ll give you a funny story. So, we were close to the Boston coaches room and it’s when we went into overtime, I peeked and their door was open and I said, ‘Well, we’re either going to end early or they go long.’ It’s pretty much how overtime is. And sure enough, I think it was before the fifth overtime they were packing up their bags and saying, ‘You were right Coop, it was going long.'”

John Tortorella (CBJ) before the news conference even started:

“Don’t ask me about the non-call.”

Seth Jones (CBJ) on the officiating:

“The officiating to me was, I dunno, suspect all night.”

MORE: Twitter came with the jokes as Lighting-Blue Jackets play 5-OT thriller

Jon Cooper (TBL) on what kind of moment it was to win the game:

“You know, the one sad thing about tonight is that you have a game and an effort put out by the two teams that we witness tonight and there was actually nobody in the building to witness it. And to see the excitement on the players when they scored, regardless if there were fans in the building or not.

“That’s one thing I’ll remember is you still turn the clock back and they’re still a bunch of kids and they competed their asses off and they get damn excited when they score, especially when they score in the fifth overtime. It just brings you back to the frozen pond. I don’t know, it was a pretty cool moment.”

Bruce Cassidy had a slice of pizza while watching that 5OT game.

“it was delicious.”

Now I want pizza.

— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) August 12, 2020

John Tortorella’s presser, in its entirety, because you know it lasted only two-minutes long:

… on the message to the team after a game like this: “Get some rest and get ready to play the next game.”

… on whether guys fall back on their ability to rebound: “Yep.”

… on Seth Jones: “He’s a horse. He could keep on playing if we were still going. He is just relentless with how he plays.”

… on Korpisalo: “Yeah Korpi, he was fantastic.”

… on how he handles overtimes and what he tells players during intermissions: “We go through the same stuff through the intermissions. I’m not going to talk to you about what we say and what we talk about. We talk about things we need to talk about to get ready for the next period.

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