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Sunday, May 3, 2009

More "Death By Police" In Texas - The Death of Kevin LaDay

Kevin LaDay, 35 died after his car became stuck in a ditch - Mother hires onetime Rodney King lawyer Milton Grimes of Los Angeles to represent the family in the lawsuit she plans to file.

AAPP says: What the hell is going on in Texas? Another black man has died at the hands of police, this time in Lumberton, Texas. according to KBMT News, the FBI has Opened a Civil Rights Investigation into SETX Man's Death.

KBMT News reports they learned the Federal Bureau of Investigators have opened a civil rights investigation into the death of a man who died after an altercation with Lumberton City Police.

Kevin LaDay, 35 died early Thursday after his car became stuck in a ditch. His funeral is set for Saturday, May 9, but no time has yet been announced.

LaDay's mother Sandra LaDay says she believes her son was beaten and killed by Lumberton police officers.

Lumberton Police say at about 3:30 am. Thursday, officers were called to the area of Pine Burr in reference to a car stuck in a ditch. Police say when they arrived to assist, LaDay tried running from police.

Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins says a struggle ensued and LaDay lost consciousness. He was taken to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital where he later died.

FBI spokeswoman Patricia Villafranca says the agency has launched a civil rights investigation, but notes it is a typical move in such cases. She says the investigation entails monitoring local law enforcements' agencies handling of the case. If there are red flags that are raised during the investigation, the Department of Justice would then ask the FBI to look into the case.

LaDay's family says they are seeking justice in the death, and are working with the Black Panthers to organize a march near the scene of the altercation.

The family has also retained the services of attorney Milton Grimes who also represented Rodney King in California for a period of time. Grimes tells KBMT12 News he doesn't want to place blame just yet and says it is curious as to how this could happen.

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