TOWSON, Md. — A family is suing police and paramedics in Baltimore County over the death of a man who called 911 for help.
WBAL-TV reported Thursday that the suit stems from an incident in Towson last year.
Attorneys for the family of Tawon Boyd said he called 911 to report a break-in. His girlfriend said he may have been delusional.
The family alleges that instead of helping Boyd, police beat him. The suit says a paramedic gave him the drug Haldol to calm him down, but it sent Boyd into cardiac arrest.
Police said Boyd resisted being taken to a hospital. Police also reported that Boyd was punched during the scuffle.
A medical examiner said Boyd’s death was accidental with complications from the synthetic street drug ethylpentylone.
The lawsuit seeks $10 million.
Information from: WBAL-TV, http://www.wbaltv.com