Five before Midnight

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Did Diabetes kill Terry Rabb or was it an accessory?

Terry Rabb is a 35 year old man who is diabetic.

Or he was. Now, he is dead after Riverside Police Department officers responded to a call for assistance with a man who was having a diabetic episode and acting "hostile", according to department officials.

The department has very little to say on the matter, until an autopsy of Rabb has been completed. Still, Lt. Darryl Hurt, himself no stranger to incustody deaths, said that he believed that Rabb died from complications related to diabetes, and not from the brief struggle he had with the police officers. The officers had been dispatched to assist the man, Hurt said. Sgt. Leon Phillips, who heads the Robbery/Homicide Investigations Unit, said that the officers had only grabbed Rabb.

The CPRC, under the city's charter, has the authority to investigate incustody deaths which arise from the direct or indirect actions of police officers. The problem is, that the CPRC may opt to wait until the police department decides whether or not the death of Rabb falls within the requirements set by the Charter. Instead, the CPRC needs to take an active role in its own investigating and begin gathering facts independently which will essentially determine whether or not the death of Rabb falls within their jurisdiction.

Dying While Diabetic

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see your waiting for the coroners report. It's unfair to make assumptions.

Saturday, October 15, 2005 2:20:00 AM  
Blogger Five Before Midnight said...

Dear Closeted Cop:

Questions and concerns are not assumptions. Your defensive nature which comes part and parcel with your culture causes you to confuse the two words. You see accusations where there are none.

Besides, Deputy Chief David Dominguez told the CPRC that the coroner(who works under RSD Sheriff Bob Doyle) had told him when asked that Rabb had an enlarged heart and liver, and likely died from diabetic complications. Apparently, it is perfectly fine for Diamond Dave(as he is called) to make assumptions without receiving the complete autopsy report.

Regardless, under the current Charter, the CPRC has the authority and power to initiate its own investigation into the death of any citizen which results from the direct or indirect actions of an officer. It also has the authority and power to hire an investigator to determine whether or not the facts support further investigation by the CPRC operating under the authority granted to it by the city's Charter(and the city's voters last year)

You can call that an "assumption" if you'd like, but you'd be wrong.

How's the googling going by the way??

Okay, here's two words on the Gandhi quote, "First they..."

Saturday, October 15, 2005 1:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary, wake up. cprc has no authority or power! I think they learned that themselves when their attempt to ILLEGALLY force an officer to give a statement failed. (And no I did not accidentally type cprc in small letters).

Friday, November 11, 2005 2:26:00 PM  

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