A black Denver County jail inmate died last year after choking on his own vomit while being restrained by six sheriff’s deputies during a psychotic episode, autopsy results showed on Friday, in what was deemed a homicide. The death came at a time of heightened scrutiny of law enforcement given numerous high-profile police killings and in-custody deaths of black men across the country, sparking waves of protests since mid-2014. Michael Marshall, 50, died of asphyxiation in November while “being physically restrained by law enforcement,” the Denver medical examiner’s office said in a statement, which ruled the death a homicide.
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Black inmate’s suffocation death in Denver a homicide: autopsy