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Video: Arrest of man who died in police custody

Posted at 8:15 PM, Oct 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-01 20:15:57-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Attorneys for the family of Terrell Day says police and medics did not do enough to save his life.

Day, 18, of Indianapolis, died in the back of an ambulance after being arrested by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Cumberland Police Department early Saturday afternoon around 12:54 p.m.

According to the Marion County coroner, Day had a heart attack. 

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A witness shot video of Day in custody.

Watch the video of Day in custody in the video player above. 

Police say the teen refused medical treatment. Yet, it appears that he had trouble standing up after complaining that he had problems breathing.

According to medical records, paramedics determined that he was okay to be transported to jail and left. The teen again said he had trouble breathing.

Another ambulance arrived but Day died on the way to the hospital.

Attorneys for the family believe he died at the scene.

"I had to see a picture of the police just talking amongst themselves and he's laying on the concrete helpless and the ambulance is right there," Shanika Day said. 

The chief of Indianapolis EMS says that he has launched an internal investigation but believes that Day received proper medical care. 

The attorney for the family says he has not decided if they plan to filed a federal lawsuit in the case.

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