Avion Cotton dies after ingesting a white substance while fleeing from police

Avion Cotton was fleeing from Waukegan Police when he ate a white substance which killed him. The family of Cotton accused the officers of using excessive force on him. The Lake County Coroner’s office said, “There were no signs of physical trauma on the body of the victim”.

The detectives went to a home located in the 600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue at 3 pm on Thursday. They had the search warrant of home for searching the drugs there, according to the Waukegan police. Police also said that they had the arrest warrants of the subject as well. Police approached him in his house to arrest him but he started to chew an unknown white substance.

He denied the command of the officers to the spit the substance out of his mouth. He was in the custody of police when he fell down and started chewing that unknown substance. The paramedic staff took him to the area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The family and witnesses accused the police of using excessive force against him. Anita Johnson, cousin of Avion, said, “Police was beating Avion and they were using force against him. He was not violent at all. Yes, he did wrong and he had to arrest. But he was dealt badly”.

Other witnesses said that the police used force even though Avion was not moving. Nicki Flowers, a witness, said that he was not moving, it was them who pushed him and chocked him. She added, “I came out of my house and I saw eight policemen at him and he was not moving. He also had handcuffs on and he was calm”.

The Lake County Coroner’s office said that there were no signs of physical disturbance on his body during an autopsy. Dr. Howard Cooper said, “During the autopsy, white rocklike substance was found in his stomach”. Wayne Walles, Chief of Waukegan Police, requested Illinois State Police to investigate the death of the victim.

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

Related Posts
Freeport Police Department in Freeport, Illinois has a new Police Chief and his name is
A driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a private residence on Saturday
Halloween is celebrated by millions of children and adults every year. It is a holiday
The Springfield Police Department has announced its partnership with the Gateway Foundation for the implementation
A man’s bond has been set for $250,000 charged with Burglary. DuPage County State’s Attorney
The north side of Naperville was affected by the burglars as 11 cases have been
Sandeep Dhaliwal, the first Sikh to become a deputy at a Houston-area sheriff’s department, was
A bicyclist was killed by a driver at 8th Street and Jackson Street of Waukegan
The main aim of the informal event is to build a conversational relationship between the
SPRINGFIELD, IL. – A ceremony has been organized in the City Council Chambers in which