Family of man who died at Dallas County Jail releases names of officers involved

The spiritual advisor for the family of Joseph Hutcheson held a news conference Monday to identify the deputies and jailers, he says, are responsible for the death of the 49-year-old man.

Hutcheson died last August shortly after walking into the Dallas County Jail lobby. The medical examiner's office ruled it a homicide. 

Reverend Dr. Jeff hood said he's trying to be transparent like, he says, the Dallas Sheriff's Office should be by releasing the names of the six deputies and jailers under investigation. FOX 4 is not naming the names because we have not been able to independently confirm the names.

Video from the public lobby of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center August 1 show Hutcheson walking into the lobby. He seems disoriented sitting down and getting up and getting the attention of the deputies. Eventually, a single officer tries to sit him down and control him. Seconds later, two other officers join in. A few minutes into the struggle, Hutcheson goes limp.  

"This was a truly horrific circumstance,” said Hood. “This was a circumstance in which a man came in asking for help and ended up dead. So, I cannot read these names without saying just how hard it was to get these names."

A FOX 4 excessive force expert who reviewed the video said he does not believe the officers will be charged with a crime. Investigators say Hutcheson checked out of Parkland Hospital against medical advice and turned up in the Lew Sterrett Jail lobby 30 minutes later.

Sources tell FOX 4 he's also believed to have had methamphetamines in his system and had an enlarged heart.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying "it's been a trying time for the Hutcheson family as well as the officers." The department says "it will conduct an internal investigation once the grand jury process is concluded ‘if appropriate.’"

The Dallas County District Attorney's office did not call back with comment or confirmation that the public integrity unit gave the names to the Hutcheson family.

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