Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation Into Civilian Death in New York

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Anthony Troy James, who died on June 4, 2022, following an encounter with members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

In the early morning hours of June 4, members of NYPD responded to reports of a man acting erratically on a street in Harlem. Officers saw Mr. James, pursued him on foot, and then caught and handcuffed him. After a period of time, Mr. James became unresponsive and was taken by EMTs to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead later that morning.

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.