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Autopsy results released for man who died while in Greensboro police custody; death classified as homicide

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – The autopsy report has been released of the man who died in custody of Greensboro police.

The death of 38-year-old Marcus Dion Smith has been classified as a homicide, according to the report.

The official cause of death was sudden cardiopulmonary arrest due to prone restraint; use of N-Ethylpentylone, cocaine and alcohol; and high blood pressure and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the autopsy results on Friday. Click here to read the full report.

Hours after the report was released, the City of Greensboro announced it is in the process of filing a petition with the Guilford County Superior County requesting the release of the body-worn camera footage from that day.

In September, Greensboro police said a disoriented and suicidal man ran in and out of traffic along Church Street. While officers were trying to take Smith for a mental evaluation, he became combative and collapsed, according to police.

According to Greensboro police, EMS and officers provided aid and brought Smith to a hospital where he later died.

The family's attorney tells a different story.

Earlier this month, the family’s attorney described what he saw happen on the body camera footage. He said police hogtied Smith and then stood around talking to each other before noticing he couldn’t breathe. He then said an officer said, "Untie him."

The SBI is currently finalizing its report and plans to pass its findings along to the District Attorney’s office next week.

On Monday, Smith’s family will hold a meeting at Shiloh Baptist Church demanding the city council holds the four officers involved accountable.

Greensboro police did its own internal investigation and determined there was no violation of policy.

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