National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Teen Dies in Struggle With Off-duty Officer; Death Ruled a Homicide

From the Associated Press:

BALTIMORE –  A teenager who died in a struggle with an off-duty police officer in Maryland was an athlete, church usher and mentor, family members said Thursday as they sought to piece together the circumstances of his death.

Baltimore County police said the unidentified officer was at home Wednesday evening when he heard a loud noise, went outside and found his front door damaged — and three or four people running.

Authorities said the officer chased Christopher Brown for several blocks through the Baltimore suburb of Woodlawn before pulling him from some bushes and struggling with him. They said the officer called for help once the teen lost consciousness.

Despite efforts by the officer and paramedics to revive Brown, the teenager was later declared dead at a hospital, police said.

The medical examiner’s office determined Brown died of asphyxiation and has ruled the death a homicide, according to police. The state’s attorney’s office will decide whether the homicide was justified after police complete their investigation, police added.

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