Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – Earlier we reported about a man who was sprayed with pepper spray outside Carter Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Fort Lauderdale Police have released the name of the man, Thomas Williams, 34. But police will not say what happened or how the man died.
What we do know this far is that Williams resisted officers when they tried to take him into custody on Saturday, and that officers tried to subdue the man with pepper spray. The man was then taken to Broward General Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
A spokeswoman for the officers would not comment on how many officers were involved, what their current work status is, stating that the there is an ongoing investigation, which is being handled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
A witness who saw the incident said that he saw police try to subdue Williams outside the pool of Carter Park, and then proceed to pepper spray him. A few moments later he said he saw police drag the man on the pavement closer to the park’s buildings where he remained until he was taken away.
Detectives are asking anyone who knew Williams or knows any of his relatives to call Fort Lauderdale police at 954-828-5534.