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Ex-Saints player Glenn Foster Jr., 31, had signs of ‘strangulation’ after he died in police custody

Ex-Saints player Glenn Foster Jr., 31, had signs of ‘strangulation’ after he died in police custody

Ex-New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. died with reported signs of ‘neck compressions and strangulation’ while in Alabama police custody earlier this month and now his family is looking for answers.

Dr. Michael Baden, a well-known pathologist working with Foster family lawyers, indicated that the 31-year-old African-American man did not die of ‘natural causes,’ according to Friday’s statement from attorney Benjamin Crump.

‘As we continue to investigate the case, 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,’ read the statement, which appeared to reference the death of another African-American man, 40-year-old Michael Broady Jr., in August.

The Pickens County (Alabama) Sheriff’s Department has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

The autopsy, itself, has not been publicized.

Ex-New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. (pictured) died with reported signs of 'neck compressions and strangulation' while in Alabama police custody earlier this month and now his family is looking for answers

Ex-New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. (pictured) died with reported signs of 'neck compressions and strangulation' while in Alabama police custody earlier this month and now his family is looking for answers

Ex-New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. (pictured) died with reported signs of ‘neck compressions and strangulation’ while in Alabama police custody earlier this month and now his family is looking for answers

Attorney Benjamin Crump (center, pictured in April) is working with Foster's family and enlisted Dr. Michael Baden to review a medical examiner's findings in the case

Attorney Benjamin Crump (center, pictured in April) is working with Foster's family and enlisted Dr. Michael Baden to review a medical examiner's findings in the case

Attorney Benjamin Crump (center, pictured in April) is working with Foster’s family and enlisted Dr. Michael Baden to review a medical examiner’s findings in the case 

Baden previously made headlines by disputing the New York medical examiner’s ruling that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, suggesting he was really murdered. He has also examined other high-profile cases, such as the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

Foster was arrested for driving twice the speed limit and evading police through the rural Alabama community on December 3. Police say he was handcuffed and taken into custody without incident.

‘He was healthy when we left him at the jail,’ Reform Police Chief Richard Black said Wednesday.

Foster’s family came to town on December 4 and made bond on the condition that police took him to Birmingham for any medical assessment that was needed, according to a police statement. But the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office had placed a hold on Foster by Sunday, December 5, when he allegedly beat another prisoner so badly while trying to take socks that the man needed medical attention.

The Pickens County Jail in Alabama

The Pickens County Jail in Alabama

The Pickens County Jail in Alabama

While being handcuffed, Foster fought against a Pickens County deputy and a correctional officer, injuring the deputy’s nose and hand, according to court records obtained by The Associated Press.

Foster had an initial court appearance before Pickens County District Judge Samuel Junkin, where he was ‘non-compliant and refused to respond to answer any questions’ aside from demanding an attorney, the judge wrote in an order Monday.

Based on police observations and how Foster behaved, the judge said Foster was ‘not mentally stable and a danger to himself and others’ and ordered him held without bond for a mental evaluation at Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility in Tuscaloosa.

But what happened from that time until his death on December is unclear. Few other details, including the results of an autopsy, have been released.

Dr. Michael Baden, a well-known pathologist working with Foster family lawyers, indicated that the 31-year-old African-American man did not die of 'natural causes,' according to Friday's statement from attorney Benjamin Crump. Baden previously made headlines by disputing the New York medical examiner's ruling that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, suggesting he was really murdered. He has also examined other high-profile cases, such as the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year

Dr. Michael Baden, a well-known pathologist working with Foster family lawyers, indicated that the 31-year-old African-American man did not die of 'natural causes,' according to Friday's statement from attorney Benjamin Crump. Baden previously made headlines by disputing the New York medical examiner's ruling that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, suggesting he was really murdered. He has also examined other high-profile cases, such as the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year

Dr. Michael Baden, a well-known pathologist working with Foster family lawyers, indicated that the 31-year-old African-American man did not die of ‘natural causes,’ according to Friday’s statement from attorney Benjamin Crump. Baden previously made headlines by disputing the New York medical examiner’s ruling that pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, suggesting he was really murdered. He has also examined other high-profile cases, such as the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year

His parents have since revealed that he struggled with bipolar disorder and told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that they suspect he didn’t get proper treatment in custody.

‘Keeping people in your custody alive is literally the lowest bar we can set for a law enforcement agency, and is something that the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office failed to do,’ read Friday’s statement from the Foster family attorneys.

‘Pickens County owes the family the truth relating to Mr. Foster’s tragic death. These findings are deeply concerning and demand a full and transparent investigation into what happened to Glenn Foster Jr. and how he lost his life. We will not stop until we get answers and justice for Glenn, his family, and the community.’

Originally from Chicago, Foster has been living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He played two seasons for the Saints at defensive end, appearing in 17 games in 2013 and 2014.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is currently investigation the circumstances surrounding Foster’s death.

Foster was born in Chicago and played college football at Illinois before signing for the Saints

Foster was born in Chicago and played college football at Illinois before signing for the Saints

Foster was born in Chicago and played college football at Illinois before signing for the Saints

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