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No charges in Baltimore custody death

Baltimore’s State’s Attorney says a city police officer won’t be charged for the blunt force trauma death of a man in police custody.

Police said at first that 46-year-old Anthony Anderson died from choking on drugs. A medical examiner later ruled that while drugs were found in his system, they didn’t contribute to his death.

State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein said his office’s investigation determined Detective Todd Strohman’s actions caused Anderson’s death, but the man died during the course of a legitimate arrest. And the use of force was not excessive.

Police said officers were trying to arrest Anderson for a drug crime when he consumed the drugs and later died. His family had contested that account.