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(KOB) The controversial use of a device called a “spit sock” by police in Bernalillo, New Mexico in 2015 is now under scrutiny after deceased man’s family are blaming authorities for his death.
Ben Anthony C de Baca, who had a history of mental illness, had gotten into a confrontation with police that day after destroying property inside a local Wal-Mart.
Authorities used the spit sock after one of them was bitten by the suspect.
“I will tell you that spit sock is not to be used for the purpose of trying to stop someone from biting,” said Ahmad Assed, the attorney representing C de Baca’s family.
Assed has said that he plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the C de Baca family in this matter.
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