Robert Miller, 63, died on April 16, 2019, while in police custody in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
Family members say they called police because Miller was having a mental health emergency. Police officer found Miller on the back deck when he arrived at the man’s home. After speaking with the officer Miller told him he didn’t want to talk to him anymore and walked inside his home. The officer followed Miller into his home before grabbing him by his arm, causing Miller to pull away. Miller fell landing face down with both arms under his body and the officer on top of him.
Miller struggled to breathe and tried to lift himself up, but the officer applied pressure to Miller’s back. Later arrived one more police officer. He hit Miller twice and handcuffed him. By that time Miller had no pulse and died.
In May 2021 the Miller’s family sued Barnstable police, accusing the department of excessive force which led to Miller’s death.
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