Family: Man Suffered Head Injury Before Police Custody Death

January 07, 2020 - 10:27 am

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man who died in police custody Sunday had
fallen and injured his head a day before his arrest, according to his relatives.
 Justin Griffin's twin sister and grandmother told WTNH-TV on Monday that he
fell about 12 feet from a ledge and hit his head Friday, a day before Milford
police arrested him during a traffic stop. They said they did not blame police
for his death.

``Justin had a long road in his life,'' his grandmother, Arlene Bender, said.
``He did the best he could. We're very sad. Justin was a good person. He had a
good heart.''

Milford police pulled Griffin over for speeding Saturday and arrested him on a
warrant charging him with failing to register with the state's deadly weapon
offender registry.

Police said Griffin became lethargic while being booked and he was brought to
the Bridgeport Hospital Milford Campus. He was examined and observed for five
hours before being discharged back to police at about 11 p.m., officials said.

An officer checking Griffin's cell discovered he was not breathing shortly
after 5 a.m. Sunday. Police performed lifesaving measures, but Griffin was later
pronounced dead at the same hospital.

Hospital officials declined to comment about Griffin's treatment, citing an
ongoing investigation.

State police are investigating his death.

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