MEDICAL EXAMINER: MAN DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY DUE TO DRUG TOXICITY
The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences says the death of Anthony Ware, who died in police custody on July 10, was caused by complications of drug toxicity.
The medical examiner and toxicologist say Ware had recently consumed cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol.
The medical examiner says that although Ware had an enlarged heart and thyroid (and that those conditions would have caused greater damage to himself by ingesting drugs), there was nothing revealed in the examination to indicate that he had asthma.
The medical examiner also notes that Ware had a number of minor and superficial injuries and a small superficial bruise to his back that likely resulted from his running through rough patches of terrain or bushes. None of those external injuries were relevant to his death.
The report comes more than a month after Ware died when police attempted to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Ware fled into a patch of woods. Police eventually apprehended him, but he began experiencing difficulties breathing and police could not revive him.
Video of the event and the 911 call that preceded it was released by the Tuscaloosa Police Department soon after Ware’s death.