Flier Dies After Being Handcuffed – not buying it!

This post was written by marc on September 30, 2007
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Here’s the story – but I’m not buying it. I don’t see how one could get handcuffs around the neck and die from it. It’s like saying that someone committed suicide by shooting themselves 6 times in the back.

PHOENIX — A 45-year-old woman who was in police custody after being arrested for disorderly conduct in a Phoenix airport terminal died in a holding room while apparently struggling with her handcuffs, police said.

Carol Ann Gotbaum, 45, left alone in the room, was possibly trying to break free from the handcuffs when she got them entangled around her neck, said Sgt. Andy Hill of the Phoenix Police Department.

Hill said a medical examiner will have to make a final determination as to the manner and cause of death.

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