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Jail Report on death of Raul Pinet Jr.

Jail Report on death of Raul Pinet Jr.

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Onondaga County sheriff's deputies caused the death of inmate Raul Pinet, Jr., two years ago by kneeling on his neck and back and improperly fitting him with a mask to block his spitting, according to a state prison watchdog agency.
Onondaga County sheriff's deputies caused the death of inmate Raul Pinet, Jr., two years ago by kneeling on his neck and back and improperly fitting him with a mask to block his spitting, according to a state prison watchdog agency.

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Published by: The Post-Standard on Apr 24, 2012
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NEWYORKSTATECOMMISSIONOFCORRECTIONIntheMatteroftheDeathofRaulPinet,aninmateoftheOnondagaCountyJusticeCenterTO:SheriffKevinE.WalshOnondagaCountySheriff'sOffice407S.StateStreetSyracuse,NY13202FINALREPORTOFTHENEWYORKSTATECOMMISSIONOFCORRECTION
 
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GREETINGS;WHEREAS,theMedicalReviewBoardhasreportedtotheNYSCommissionofCorrectionpursuanttoCorrectionLaw,section47(1)(d),regardingthedeathofRaulPinetwhodiedonAugust6,2010whileaninmateinthecustodyoftheOnondagaCountySheriffattheOnqndagaCountyJusticeCenter,theCommissionhasdeterminedthatthefollowingfinalreportbeissued.FINDINGS;1.RaulPinetwasa31yearoldmalewhodiedfromasphyxiaduringrestrainton8/6/10whileinthecustodyoftheOnondagaCountySheriffattheOnondagaCountyJusticeCenter.Hismannerofdeathishomicide.On8/6/10,neighborscalled'911'atapproximately7;50p.m.torequesthelpforPinetbecausehewaswanderingtheneighborhood,andappearedtobeagitated,paranoid,actingbizarrelyandundertheinfluenceofdrugs.RespondingSyracusePolicebroughthimtotheOnondagaCountyJusticeCenterwherehebecameunresponsivewhilebeingrestrainedinthe'time
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TheMedicalReviewBoard,afterreviewingalloftherecordsandevidence,includingvideographyofthe'timeout'roomrestraintepisode,concludedthatpinet'sdeathwasdueto:Asphyxiaduringrestraint.Homicide.TheBoardrejectedtheconclusionthatPinetdiedfrom"exciteddelirium,"acontroversialdiagnosisnotrecognizedbytheAmericanpsychiatricAssociationandhavingnoscientificbasisofsupport.TheMedicalReviewBoardnotedthatvideographshowedsheriff'sdeputieskneelingonpinet'sbackandneckandthata'spitmask'wasimproperlypositionedonhisface,conditionsthatinterferedwithhisabilitytobreathe.2.RaulPinetwasborninBoston,MA.Hewasmarriedandhadsix(6)childrenfromdifferentrelationships.PinetobtainedhisGEDwhileinprison.Heworkedasasanitationworkerin2006whenhefellfromatruckandbecamedisabled.
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5.Pinethadnoknownmentalhealthhistory.6.Pinet'sfamilyhadreportedlylastseemhimathomeonWednesday8/4/10andfearedhehadbeenoutusingcocaine.OnFriday,8/6/10atapproximately7:50p.m.,Pinetapproachedaresidenceat208MerrimanAvenueinSyracuse.Pinettoldtheresidentatthisaddressthathehadbeendrinkingandusingdrugsandneededtogotorehab.Theresidentcalledforanambulancetorespond.
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9.Atapproximately8:00p.m.,Pinetwasagainseeninthebackyardof309ShonnardStreet.Pinetcametothefrontofthehouseandtoldtheresidentsheneededhelp.Pinetattemptedtopushpasttheresidentstotrytogainentryintothehome.Pinetthenranofftheporchandtoward305ShonnardStreet.Theresidentscalled911forthepolicetorespond.10.Justpast8:00p.m.,E.O.,aresidentat305ShonnardStreet,heardsomeoneknockingatherfrontporchdoor.E.O.walkedoutandsawPinetwhosherecognizedfromthearea.E.O.statedPinetlookedreallyscaredandhewassayingsomeonewastryingtokillhim.E.O.let,pinetinontoherporchandPinetbegansayingheneededhelpandwantedtocallthepolice.Pinetwasreportedtobeactingfrightenedandpanickylookingallaround.HegrabbedthephonefromE.O.andbegandialingrandomnumberstryingtoreachthepolice.11.Pinetcontinuedtobehavebizarrely,sayingpeopleweretryingtokillhim.Hewasobservedtobesweatingprofusely.E.O.foundanopportunitytograbthephonebackfromPinetandbegandialing911.PinetthengrabbedE.O.'s7yearoldsonandtriedtoleavetheresidencewithhim.E.O.andanotherfemaleresidentbeganstrugglingwithPinettogethimtoputthechilddown.12.SyracusePolicehadarrivedat309ShonnardStreetatapproximately8:07p.m.toinvestigateaburglarycomplaintascalledinby911.OfficersM.S.andJ.H.wereinterviewingawitnesswhentheyheardacommotioncomingfrom305ShonnardStreetandproceededthere.OfficersJ.H.andM.S.arrivedat305ShonnardStreetandsawPinetintheresidenceholdingachild.TheofficersorderedPinettoputthechilddown.Theyattemptedtoentertheresidencebutcouldnotastheporchdoorwas

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