Grand jury to hear case of BX man who died in police custody in NYS

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SCHENECTADY -

The circumstances surrounding the death of a Bronx man who stopped breathing in a police car after being stopped for a traffic violation in upstate, New York will go before a grand jury.

New York State's Chief Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg said Friday, a grand jury will hear the case of 36-year-old Andrew Kearse.

Kearse died in May 2017 when he was in Schenectady to visit a friend.

 Police say Kearse ran after being stopped for a traffic violation and lost consciousness during the three mile drive to the police station.

Sanford Rubenstein, who is the lawyer for Kearse's family, said Friday the grand jury probe is an important step forward toward justice for Kearse.

Kearse's widow has accused officers of ignoring his cries of distress until it was too late.

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