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Grand jury declines to indict police officers in death of Robert Minjarez

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A Lafayette Parish grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict the police officers involved in the arrest of Robert Minjarez.

Minjarez died on March 7, 2014, five days after he became unresponsive while officers pinned him down while shackling his hands and feet on the sidewalk.

The grand jury said that after examining the evidence of Minjarez's death "we determine that there is no evidence of a criminal act by the police officers who responded."

The coroner's report said three to four officers sat on Minjarez to restrain him after he was seen hallucinating outside a gas station.  It also said Minjarez had 70 nanograms-per-milliliter of cocaine in his system.

Compressional asphyxia was the primary cause of death with cocaine toxicity and rhabdomyolysis - or muscle breakdown - as contributing factors, the coroner's report said.
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