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Man dies of cocaine intoxication in police custody

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - A state medical examiner's report says a Texarkana man died from cocaine intoxication while in police custody.

The report says Texarkana police used pepper spray to subdue 25-year-old Brandon Daniels following his Dec. 2 arrest, but the autopsy concluded that it didn't play a role in his death.

Police spokeswoman Kristi Mitchell says after reviewing the report, police administration ruled that the use of force was appropriate. But Daniels' father, Orris Daniels, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the family has hired an attorney.

Daniels was arrested after police say they saw him swinging a wooden cane at his grandfather. Officers say after Daniels hit the officers with the cane, they used pepper spray on him.

When they arrived at the jail, they found Daniels unresponsive. He died at the scene.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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