Man dies while in custody of Anderson Co. Sheriff's Department

Man dies while in custody of Anderson Co. Sheriff's Department

POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:28pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 5:13pm

A 50-year-old man died Saturday while in custody of the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities in Elkhart got a suspicious call from a local store just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Jeffery Mallachi Eastman, 50, who appeared to be intoxicated.

An officer took Eastman to jail for public intoxication after he refused treatment from an ambulance, according to the sheriff's department.

A few hours later, Eastman was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead at around 7:00 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Wesley.

Law enfocement is waiting for the autopsy and toxicology results, stating that Eastman did have a history of drug abuse, but they cannot be certain that was the cause of his death.

The sheriff's office and Texas Rangers will continue to investigate this matter.

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Sorry Claudie, but if the laws don't work for the worst of us, then they don't work for the best of us either. Ask Loyal Garner, Jr. how it worked out for him. Oh you can't, because three cops from Hemphill killed him.

The guy should not have refused treatment, not very mysterious. They tried to get him medical assistance, so just what were the cops supposed to do with him, let him go. Yea Ratt, let me guess, you were innocent and treated like a criminal so now you treat all cops like crooks, right. Give me a break.

There you go: Another mysterious case where the police, "Do not know what happened." Having been the recipient of aggravated assault by police while in custody, I am very suspicious of "What Happened". Possibly a murder. Possibly gross negligence. Definitely a cover up.
It is an horrific state of affairs when citizens need to be more afraid of law enforcement (Guffaw at that title) than the criminals at large.

I'm sorry, but if you don't get into trouble there is no reason to be afraid of law enforcement; I'm 77 years old and they have never bothered me. Thye are not perfect, but neither are we.

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