Mississippi city settles over man’s death in police custody

SOUTHAVEN. Miss. (AP) β€” The family of a Tennessee man who took LSD at a concert and then died after police stunned him and restrained him facedown has settled their lawsuit with a Mississippi city.

The agreement ended a wrongful death trial this week between Troy Goode’s family and Southaven over his 2015 death, WMC-TV reported.

The terms of the agreement were not immediately released.

Both sides agreed that Goode, 30, of Cordova, Tennessee, took LSD at a concert. Several people called 911 after the show and reported a man acting erratically, authorities said.

Police used a Taser and a police dog to capture Goode, and then tied him with restraints and put him on his stomach on a stretcher. Goode’s family said he suffocated in that position because he had asthma and could not breathe properly with the pressure on his lungs.

Attorneys for Southaven said the LSD contributed to a heart problem that caused his death and police and paramedics had to restrain Goode in that manner so he didn’t hurt himself or others.

The city issued a statement saying the settlement was not an admission of guilt or responsibility but instead was to protect Southaven’s finances.

β€œThe night of this incident our first responders faced many challenges while timely decisions were critical. They served courageously and I will not let them be second-guessed by anyone, including a jury, while doing their job keeping the city and our citizens safe,” Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite wrote.

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