Death of Lumberton man investigated

LUMBERTON, Texas (AP) - Federal and state authorities are investigating the death of a 35-year-old Lumberton man who died while in police custody.

Kevin LaDay was pronounced dead Thursday morning at a local hospital by a justice of the peace. Police Chief Danny Sullins said LaDay became unconscious during a struggle with police who had to
use a TASER on him.

LaDay's mother, Sandra, accused Lumberton police of beating her son and causing his death. Sullins told Beaumont television station KFDM that officers did not beat LaDay or place him in a chokehold.

The FBI, Texas Rangers and Lumberton police are investigating the death.

FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said her agency has opened a full civil rights investigation to determine if any federal violation of the law has occurred.

Civil rights protests are planned Monday.


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