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NYC Grand Jury Finds No Police Brutality in Suspected Rapist's Prison Cell Death

Aug. 29, 1961 - A New York County Grand jury reported today that it had found "no evidence of criminality" in the death of a suspected rapist in a police cell last month. The panel had investigated charges that police brutality had caused the prisoner's death. The prisoner, Anthony Colon, a 32-year-old merchant seaman, was found dead at the West 20th Street station two hours after he had been charged with the rape of an 8-year-old girl. An autopsy showed that Colon had died of a subdural hemorrhage. The jury said such an injury could have resulted from a fall.


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