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Three officers resign amid TPD in-custody death investigation

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TUCSON (KVOA) – Three Tucson Police Department officers have resigned after an investigation into the death of a man in their custody in April.

On Tuesday, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero postponed the city and council meetings in light of the investigation.

According to Mayor Regina Romero, TPD will hold a press conference Wednesday addressing the death.

The City of Tucson said they “will not be immediately sharing the name of the victim, details of the incident, or the video per the family’s request.”

“(Tuesday)’s Mayor & Council meeting has been postponed. After viewing a video yesterday of a Tucson Police Department in-custody death, I do not feel that it would be appropriate to carry on with business as usual in light of this event,” Romero said in a press release. “I am anguished and deeply troubled by what I saw in the video yesterday.”

Romero added, “My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim during this extraordinarily difficult time. I want to assure our community that there will be a thorough and transparent investigation.”

The Office of Lane Santacruz posted the following statement of Facebook:

Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik also shared a statement in response to the in-custody death.

Out of sensitivity to the family, I support the council's decision to postpone today's meeting until TPD leadership has had an opportunity to meet privately with them and fully review the incident. TPD will be fully open and transparent about the circumstances surrounding this incident - after the family has been given the courtesy of meeting in person with them. Especially in today's climate, posting inflamatory statements on social media is a disservice to everybody involved. 

Steve Kozachik, Tucson City Councilman

Black Lives Matter also took to Facebook to share a statement about the case.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 4 Tucson for the latest developments.

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