He Died In Custody And Now His Family Wants Answers

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William Anderson
January 10, 2020

Dujuan Armstrong was being escorted to outpatient housing when authorities did something that would bring his life to an end and change the lives of his loved ones forever. 

They decided to restrain him. However, they did so in a way that has his family demanding justice.

The Sheriff’s office initially made contradictory statements that didn’t add up. A district attorney's report highlighted inconsistencies, finding he didn’t die of a drug overdose as Sheriff Gregory Ahern had once said, but instead died of asphyxiation. And authorities caused it.

They put Dujuan in a “WRAP restraining device, which includes a spit hood” and the “coroner ruled that Armstrong died of mechanical asphyxiation.” 

It took his family a long time to see footage of what happened and to get clear answers about his untimely death. Now that they know, the fight is not over.

Dujuan’s family is suing for wrongful death. 

His loss can’t be measured, but they deserve compensation for what happened because it didn’t have to play out this way. No mother should have to bury a child, and Dujuan’s mother Barbara Doss has had to fight hard for truth and justice.

Dujuan had two children and one on the way. Now that their father is gone, it’s certainly going to impact their lives. We can all hope that whatever outcome will help the family most is the outcome that’s delivered. 

In the meantime, we have to keep demanding justice for victims like Dujuan.

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