Es­sex man dead af­ter in­ci­dent with po­lice

The Avenue News - - Front Page - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­

Ques­tions still re­main over the death of a 21-year-old Mid­dle River man

fol­low­ing a con­fronta­tion with Bal­ti­more County po­lice af­ter he placed a 911 call.

Ta­won Boyd, of Es­sex, called po­lice twice on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18 from his home on the unit block of Akin Cir­cle in Mid­dle River. Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice in­ci­dent re­port of the event, the call “con­sists mostly of scream­ing from Boyd and the girl­friend and is dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand.”

The po­lice ar­rived at the home shortly af­ter­ward to in­ves­ti­gate the pre­sumed do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance when they en­coun­tered Boyd who was al­legedly in­tox­i­cated and ag­gres­sive. Boyd’s girl­friend re­port­edly claimed he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs and al­co­hol and was acting “crazy”. At the scene, Boyd was also claim­ing that some­body in his house had drugged him and was se­cretly record­ing him.

“The man ap­peared con­fused and paranoid, sweat­ing heav­ily, and when po­lice at­tempted to talk to the man and calm him he ran to mul­ti­ple marked po­lice cars and tried to get in­side. He also be­gan bang­ing on neigh­bors’ doors,” states the po­lice re­port.

When po­lice tried to sub­due Boyd and take him in for an emer­gency eval­u­a­tion, they said that’s when Boyd be­came vi­o­lent.

“The young man in the case is not be­hav­ing the way a per­son would nor­mally be­have,” said Elise Ar­ma­cost, the spokesper­son for Bal­ti­more County Po­lice. “There were punches thrown by him and also by the of­fi­cers, that’s what a phys­i­cal strug­gle

is. It’s a vi­o­lent strug­gle, he’s rip­ping off their badges and rip­ping off the cords to their ra­dios, and we’re talk­ing about a phys­i­cal strug­gle in­volv­ing hands.”

Boyd grabbed on to the of­fi­cers and was flail­ing his arms and legs. Boyd ap­par­ently was cling­ing on to an of­fi­cer who then punched him in the face mul­ti­ple times.

The re­port al­leges that of­fi­cers were able to get Boyd un­der con­trol by us­ing their body weight to keep him on the ground. One of­fi­cer held down his arms while an­other leaned on his back­side/thigh area while an­other kneeled on his legs. A set of plas­tic flex­i­cuffs were placed around Boyd’s legs to pre­vent him from kick­ing. The strug­gle ap­par­ently lasted five min­utes.

Three of­fi­cers sus­tained non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries while try­ing to con­tain Boyd. The na­ture of these in­juries was redacted from the po­lice re­port.

The re­port says that Boyd was strug­gling with his re­straints and at­tempt­ing the break free while he was be­ing held down. He was given a sub­stance, which was redacted from the in­ci­dent re­port, to calm him. He was then taken to Franklin Square Hos­pi­tal to re­ceive med­i­cal care.

Boyd was pro­nounced dead on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 21, three days af­ter the con­fronta­tion with po­lice. The cause of death is still un­known.

The Bal­ti­more County Po­lice re­leased this time­line of the event:

• Po­lice are dis­patched at

3:09 for a dis­tur­bance.

• Po­lice unit ar­rives at 3:18


• Po­lice call for EMS at 3:28


• Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser- vices (EMS) ar­rives at 3:33 a.m.

• EMS leaves the scene with

the pa­tient at 3:58 a.m.

• EMS ar­rives at the hos­pi­tal

at 4:10 a.m. The Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Depart­ment said that none of the of­fi­cers at the scene were wear­ing body cam­eras that could have recorded the al­ter­ca­tion.

Boyd’s fam­ily have since pub­licly dis­puted the po­lice’s story and have hired an at­tor­ney.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent is still pend­ing, an au­topsy is ex­pected within the next week but could take up to a month to com­plete.

“Ad­min­is­tra­tive re­views by the po­lice and fire de­part­ments will be con­ducted. The Homi­cide Unit, which in­ves­ti­gates all fa­tal po­lice-in­volved in­ci­dents, has be­gun its in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The cause of death has not been es­tab­lished and will be de­ter­mined by the Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner,” states the po­lice re­port.

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