Video recently obtained by The Advocate showcases the botched arrest of Armando Frank, Louisiana man, who was murdered by police back in October 2017 in what Dr. Christopher Tape, a well-known forensic pathologist in the state, describes as:
Dr. Tape concludes in his report that Frank's cause of death was "asphyxia due to respiratory compromise due to law enforcement arrest with contribution of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease." The manner of death is listed as "homicide." Within the report, Dr. Tape writes that review of police body cam video shows that Frank's breathing was compromised for more than six minutes.Toxicology results only turned up positive for caffeine.
Dr. Tape concludes his report by writing, "Although there is no evidence of intent to kill the decedent on the video, it seems that the law enforcement arrest was the intervening factor that led to the death. Therefore, for medicolegal purposes such as a death certificate, the manner of death should be classified as a homicide."
The family of Armando Frank has filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal district court in Alexandria and are seeking damages