Lansing police release findings on inmate death

Posted at 12:59 PM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 12:59:45-05

The Lansing Police Department has released their report on the death of an inmate in April of 2015.

The report includes the findings of an Internal Review Board that examined the death of Christopher Phillips on April 27, 2015. Phillips was arrested on a traffic violation and later died while in custody at the Lansing Police Department Lock-Up Facility. An autopsy determined that he died from a multiple drug overdose.

The Michigan State Police conducted an independent investigation of the incident, which is a standard procedure for the Lansing Police Department. The results of the State Police investigation were turned over to Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney, Stuart Dunnings. After reviewing the results of the investigation, Dunnings determined that no charges would be filed.

A Lansing Police Department Internal Affairs investigation was also conducted and an Internal Review Board was convened. The report and findings of the Internal Review Board are available on the Lansing Police website.

The board made recommendations to decrease the likelihood of similar incidents in the future to the police department, and those recommendations are being implemented.

Lansing Police Chief released a statement on Phillip's death, saying "The loss of Christopher Phillip's life is a tragedy for all those involved; our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. I encourage the public to review the Internal Board of Review's report, which is available on the Lansing Police Department website."