Coroner report on Baldwin death out, rally slated Friday
A parish coroner’s report has been issued in the death of a Baldwin man who died in police custody May 10.
St. Mary Parish Coroner F.H. “Chip” Metz M.D. issued a release that cites the death of Damon Abraham, 33, as accidental.
Many area residents are taking issue with the report and have organized a rally in Baldwin Friday at 6 p.m. near UMCOR-Sager Brown. That location is across the street from the town police station.
The report lists cause of death as “excited delirium” and circumstances of death as “cocaine intoxication.”
Initial reports were that Abraham was tasered at or near police headquarters.
Abraham was held at police headquarters after the tasing but then began showing unspecified physical distress. Acadian Ambulance transported him to Franklin Foundation Hospital where he was stabilized and sent on Lafayette General Medical Center, where he died.
Louisiana State Police launched an investigation, and an officer was placed on administrative leave while the investigation took place. No final report has been issued.
Rev. Raymond Brown, National Action Now Center of New Orleans, will speak at the rally in Baldwin.