MI Attorney General Finds No Wrongdoing In Death At Lansing Jail

Apr 9, 2021

Michigan’s Attorney General says there is insufficient evidence to justify criminal charges against Lansing Police Department officers who restrained a man moments before he died.

Anthony Hulon died at the city jail last April after four officers handcuffed and pinned him to the ground.

An Ingham County medical examiner ruled Hulon's cause of death as positional asphyxia and his manner of death as homicide.

In a video released on Friday, Attorney General Dana Nessel said her office did not find any evidence the officers involved intentionally acted in any way to contribute to Hulon’s death.

“Video evidence shows Lansing police officers followed protocol, acted professionally and treated Mr. Hulon with dignity and respect throughout the time he was in custody," she said.

Nessel’s office found Hulon had taken drugs that affected his behaviour. He also had certain medical conditions that contributed to his death. His sister, Heather said she's frustrated the Nessel's office has absolved the officers from any wrongdoing. 

“It's frustrating that she's painting him out to be something that he clearly isn't," she said. "They didn't show that he had bloody wrists from from the handcuffs that they had dug into his skin. They didn't say that's why he was yelling. He was hurting."

The officers involved and the city are facing a wrongful death lawsuit from Hulon’s family.

In a statement, Lansing Police Department Chief Daryl Green said the department will conduct an internal review examining the officers' actions and the department's procedures regarding Hulon's death.