According to a published report, court papers show that New York City officials reached a $1.25-million deal with the mother of Ron Singleton. Singleton’s mother filed suit following her son’s death in July, 2014.
Singleton, who was African-American, was taken into police custody after a yellow cab driver flagged down a police officer near St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, police said in a statement. The cab driver claimed the passenger was "acting overly irate and irrational, cursing and screaming and causing alarm," according to the statement.
According to the lawsuit, Singleton was high on PCP and acting erratically when he was put in a ‘protective body wrap’ or makeshift straitjacket by police. The suit alleges that officers kept Singleton — a father of three – face down in the wrap despite requests from EMTs to turn him over for examination.
According to the lawsuit cops threw him to the ground while he was handcuffed. When officers pinned him to the ground, “he is reported to have let out a blood-curdling scream and immediately became limp and unmoving,” the lawsuit says. The officers refused requests from both EMTs and FDNY paramedics to remove Singleton from the wrap and to turn him on his back so he could be evaluated, according to the lawsuit.
The medical examiner ruled Singleton’s death a homicide and said that restraint ‘during excited delirium’ was partly to blame. Singleton suffered from heart disease and was obese.
Singleton’s death came four days before Eric Garner died when a large group of white NYPD officers smothered & pounced on the Black man while he was in a chokehold.