Death of man in police custody ruled an accident


An investigation into the death of a Benton Harbor man while in police custody has found no wrongdoing on the part of police. Michigan State Police say 48-year-old Douglas Lee Davis, Jr. died at Corewell Health South after experiencing medical distress at the Berrien County Jail on March 10. He was in custody on meth charges when he began to vomit and appeared ill. He was taken to the hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and died. State police say their investigation has found no criminal action on the part of any law enforcement officers involved. The investigation included interviews, the review of video footage, an autopsy, and toxicology results. It’s found Davis ingested meth while running away from police before his arrest. He confirmed in the hospital he’d eaten meth, the autopsy found a piece of a plastic baggy in his stomach, and toxicology reports showed an unusually high amount of methamphetamine is his blood – 19,000 nanograms per milliliter. The forensic pathology report found Davis died from the toxic effects of methamphetamine in his system, and the death has been ruled an accident.