Police Abuse

Lawsuit Filed Over Man Who Died in Custody

No ambulance was called until nine minutes after the handcuffed prisoner stopped moving


The family of a New Bedford man who died while in police custody is suing five New Bedford police officers.

On July 22, 2010, a gas station clerk called the police asking for help for 42-year-old Erik Aguilar.

Once on the scene, an officer engaged in conversation and attempted to handcuff Aguilar. The officer then put Aguilar on the ground and pepper sprayed him.