Police, Hospital Officials Investigate Emergency Room Death
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police and hospital officials are investigating the death of a patient who was being restrained in an upstate New York emergency room.
Dr. Dennis McKenna, medical director at Albany Medical Center, told reporters at a news conference Friday evening that the 45-year-old man died Wednesday night after being brought in by police.
McKenna said the man arrived at the emergency room acting aggressively and staff restrained him and gave him medication. Shortly after that, medical staff found him not breathing and without a pulse. Efforts to revive him failed.
McKenna said employees involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
Albany police say officers took the man to the hospital after a 911 call reporting he was intoxicated and harassing people on the street.