The family of a man who died while in the custody of Raleigh police on Thursday is calling for an independent investigation.
The Police Accountability Community Task Force, a local police-reform advocacy group, also wants an external review into what happened before 32-year-old Curtis Mangum died.
“Police policing each other is not good enough,” said Brandon Douglas, a spokesman for PACT. “Families deserve more than an investigation by Raleigh Police Department’s own Internal Affairs division and another by the State Bureau of Investigations, an agency that’s part of the law enforcement system. We need an independent external review system led by the community.”
Mangum’s family wants the arresting officers to be taken off the streets until a thorough investigation can be completed, and also financial support from the city to cover burial expenses.
Police say Mangum, who lived in Raleigh, died early Thursday morning, hours after he was arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to sell.
Dextro James White, 40, of Jonesborough, Ga., was arrested with Mangum, between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday