“Death Appears To Be Part Of A Disturbing Trend” | Ex-NFL Player Glenn Foster Choked Before Dying In An Alabama Sheriff’s Department Custody

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The mysterious death of ex-NFL player Glenn Foster, 31, has stirred a lot of controversies, and it just hit a fever pitch.

According to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, new evidence shows that Foster was choked before dying in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department in Alabama. The former defensive lineman died earlier this month after being jailed on traffic charges.

Travesty Of Justice

Crump made the claim in a statement Friday.

“Glenn Foster Jr.’s death, while in the Pickens County Sheriff’s custody and care, was not from natural causes as the independent autopsy suggests there was some evidence of neck compressions and strangulation,” said a portion of the statement from Crump.

Crump revealed that an independent autopsy exposed Foster’s body showed “some evidence of neck compressions and strangulation.”

Disturbing Trend Of Black Men Dying

Crump and Foster’s family believe that on Dec. 6, Foster did not die of “natural causes.” The death occurred only two days after his arrest in Pickens County, Alabama, on Dec. 4.

“As we continue to investigate the case,” Crump said, “we are learning that Mr. Foster’s death in Pickens County appears to be part of a disturbing trend of Black men dying while in the custody of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.”

“Keeping people in your custody alive is literally the lowest bar we can set for a law enforcement agency,” Crump added, “and is something that the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office failed to do.”

“Pickens County owes the family the truth relating to Mr. Foster’s tragic death.”

Disturbing Pattern

Similarly, according to reports, Michael Broady Jr. died on Aug. 22, 2021, after an interaction with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

Broady’s family claim that Broady, 40, was found unresponsive at the Sheriff’s Office after being arrested for an unknown offense. They said they filed a Notice of Claim, which alleges that Broady was tased during the incident.

Broady was found to be unresponsive upon arrival at the county jail and pronounced dead.

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Bipolar Bouts

According to reports, Foster had a decade-old bipolar diagnosis. His arrest came following a high-speed chase as was driving between Reform and Gordo, Alabama, that ultimately ended in a crash.

Reports indicated a “minor tussle” happened between Foster and the officers. Initially, he was booked on charges of reckless endangerment and resisting arrest by “attempt to elude.”

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However, according to reports, Reform Police Chief Richard Black was concerned enough about Foster’s behavior that he spoke at length with Foster’s family, making arrangements to bail him out of jail.

The chief attempted to send Foster to a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, for further evaluation.

“Something Happened”

A day after Foster’s arrest, Black said he and the family arrived at the jail on Sunday, Dec. 5, preparing the hospital to admit Foster.

However, while waiting in the sallyport to get Foster, “something happened,” Black told NOLA.com.

“We went to bond him out and something happened at the jail and they wouldn’t let us get him,” Black. “I really don’t know medically what was going on, but based on what I learned, it was not normal.”

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Unusual Circumstances

Foster’s father, Glenn Foster Sr., reportedly said he noticed an ambulance arrive at the jail, being told it was there because Foster Jr. fought with another detainee and two guards.

The father told reporters that police chief informed him that he followed a sheriff’s department car with Foster from the jail on Monday, Dec. 6, to a hospital 30 minutes away, whereupon Foster Jr. was pronounced dead.

“Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing,” officials said in a statement the day after Foster’s death.

In 2013, Foster signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent playing two seasons for the team.

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.