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State agency: Guards used excessive force before inmate died

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's correctional agency says at least five prison guards used excessive and unjustified force against a Black inmate before he died in custody in February. Security footage released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction showed 55-year-old Michael McDaniel's encounter with guards at the Correctional Reception Center in a Columbus suburb. The Franklin County Coroner’s office had declared McDaniel’s death a homicide and ruled the cause of death as “stress-induced sudden cardiac death.” The investigation has been sent to the Pickaway County prosecutor for a decision on charges. A request for comment was left with the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association.

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