The Ohio state attorney general’s office is investigating the death of a 33-year-old autistic man, David Levi Dehmann, who died in police custody. Police reports indicate the autistic man was arrested for disorderly conduct and was taken to the Knox County Jail to be booked. However, during booking, officers say that Dehmann became aggressive and a “take down hold” was performed. During the incident, Dehmann’s had was smashed against the ground causing his death.
Despite the man dying from head injuries after the take down, police are still questioning whether the take down hold maneuver caused the injuries or not, as police officers reported that Dehmann already had head injuries previously in the day when police responded to other calls regarding the drunk autistic man.
The original statement by the KCSO stated,
“While Dehmann was in the jail’s intake area he became aggressive with the jail staff making an aggressive move towards Deputy [Chase] Wright. Mr. Dehmann did attempt to hit Dep. Wright in the face causing Dep. Wright to place Mr. Dehmann into a take down hold, taking him to the ground to get control of him. Once control was gained it was found that Mr. Dehmann had hit his head on the floor during the incident. Mr. Dehmann was transported to KCH ER by Mount Vernon medics for a medical evaluation.”
When you watch the video below, it is all too clear who “became aggressive” in this situation.