YORK — The York County Sheriffs Office has concluded its internal investigation into the death of Joshua Grose, 34, who died while in custody on Oct. 20.
Sheriff Bruce Bryant and office attorney Kris Jordan addressed media in a three-hour press conference Tuesday and showed security footage from the detention center on the night of the incident. The sheriffs office will not be releasing that video, citing security concerns.
Regarding the death of Grose, who died after attempting to drown himself in his cell toilet and repeatedly banging his head against walls and windows, Jordan and Bryant both said all policies and procedures were followed.
First and foremost, were not here to punish anyone, Bryant said, referring to inmates and the use of force against them. Thats not our job and thats not the mission of our organization.
In the video, media at the press conference were able to see Groses combative behavior that led to his being removed from his cell, placed in a restraint chair and being forced to wear a football helmet to try and protect his head. After more than an hour, the video shows Grose going still, then the arrival of EMS personnel and attempts to revive Gross before he was transported to the hospital.
Although the internal investigation is complete, the State Law Enforcement Division has yet to release the results of its investigation into the matter and Jordan said the official autopsy results from the York County coroner would not be available for several more weeks.
A preliminary cause of death was ruled to be blunt force trauma to the head.
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