Destin Death Attributed to Narcotics, Not Police Brutality

“Cocaine-associated excited delirium” is now being listed as the cause of death of a man who became ill and died a few minutes after Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies had to use a tazer on him last month.

Forty-four-year-old Demetrius Nelson died July 3 just after deputies answered a disturbance call in the parking lot of a Destin nightclub.

He was arguing with his girlfriend and deputies socked him four times with the tazer while arresting him. Fifteen minutes later Nelson stopped breathing and died.

The Civil rights group NAACP has already looked into the case and ruled there was not excessive force used.

The autopsy results show high levels of Cocaine and Benzoylecgonine in the body.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office are both conducting independent investigations. The autopsy results were just released late Friday.


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