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FBI Asked To Look Into Mystic Man’s Death

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WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) _ The FBI is reviewing allegations of wrongdoing by Westerly police in the arrest of a Connecticut man who died 16 hours after being released from custody.

A spokesman for the FBI’s Boston office tells The Westerly Sun that agents are reviewing claims that police violated Ryan O’Loughlin’s civil rights. But he says the review is not a formal investigation.

The 34-year-old Mystic, Conn., resident died last June after being released from custody after Westerly police charged him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest outside a bar. His death was ruled a homicide from a blow to the abdomen.

A lawyer for O’Loughlin’s family accuses three Westerly officers of causing his death, but a Rhode Island grand jury declined to indict the officers.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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