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New Bedford police cleared in detainee's death

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An independent investigator has criticized several New Bedford police officers for not seeking quicker medical attention for a man who died while in custody, but ruled that their actions were not criminal.

The investigation found that for eight minutes, at least five officers stood around talking as 42-year-old Erik Aguilar of New Bedford lay handcuffed on the ground outside a gas station in the early-morning hours of July 22, 2010.

The probe found an ambulance was not called until nine minutes after Aguilar stopped moving. It was determined that he died as the result of cocaine and alcohol intoxication.

The investigation was conducted by former Hampden District Attorney William Bennett.

A lawyer for Aguilar's relatives tells the Standard Times they are not surprised by the report and are considering suing.

Information from: The Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com

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