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Cedric Lofton, 17, of Wichita, Kansas, died on September 26 after being restrained in a prone position in a juvenile detention center

  • His death was ruled a homicide by the Sedgwick County Medical Examiner  

  • Lofton was taken to the detention center after returning home from running away on September 21 and exhibited 'aggressive behavior' 

  • He is said to have run away after having a 'mental health crisis' but was taken to the juvenile facility after he assaulted officers 

  • At the facility, he was released from his cell to use the restroom where he allegedly hit an employee on the head and had a 'lengthy' fight with staff 

  • He put in the prone position and minutes later he died 

  • His death has sparked a conversation about the prone position - also a factor in George Floyd's death - and the risk it carries  

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    A Kansas teenager's death has been ruled a homicide months after he was left face down and handcuffed following his arrest for becoming 'aggressive' with cops who were called to his foster home to respond to his agitated behavior.   

    Cedric Lofton, 17, of Wichita, Kansas, died on September 26 at a Sedgwick County juvenile jail where he was taken after 'running away from his foster home, returning, and then exhibiting 'erratic and aggressive behavior' toward his foster family, an autopsy report said according to the Washington Post.

    He ran away September 21 due to a 'mental health crisis,' and returned on September 24.

    Cedric Lofton, 17, of Wichita, Kansas, died on September 26 after he was taken to a Sedgwick County juvenile center. He had exhibited 'erratic and aggressive behavior' toward his foster family after returning home from running away

    Cedric Lofton, 17, of Wichita, Kansas, died on September 26 after he was taken to a Sedgwick County juvenile center. He had exhibited 'erratic and aggressive behavior' toward his foster family after returning home from running away

    The Sedgwick County Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death a homicide after the teen was laid in a prone position  in a juvenile detention center and stopped breathing

    The Sedgwick County Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death a homicide after the teen was laid in a prone position  in a juvenile detention center and stopped breathing 

    The teen appeared paranoid, the Kansas Bureau of Investigations said. Officers tried to convince him to voluntarily seek mental health treatment but took him into custody after he assaulted the officers, according to the release. 

    After a struggle, he was arrested on suspicion of battery of a law enforcement officer. 

    Lofton was put in a cell at a Sedgwick County juvenile center for 90 minutes. When he was taken to the lobby to be processed, he became 'uncooperative and agitated,' according to KBI. He punched an employee in the head, causing officers to handcuff him and put him facedown on the floor after 'a lengthy physical struggle.'

    Lofton was released from his cell around 4.20am and was put in the prone position at 5.08pm.  

    He calmed down and even fell asleep, and 'made occasional snoring sounds,' the medical examiner's report said. But minutes later, the teenager didn't have a pulse.  

    Staff gave him chest compressions and called emergency services. Lofton was declared dead two days later in the hospital.

    The employees involved in his restraint were placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

    Rescues efforts were performed on Lofton and he was transported to a hospital, where he was declared dead on September 26

    Rescues efforts were performed on Lofton and he was transported to a hospital, where he was declared dead on September 26

    The teenager's death was ruled a homicide December 21 by medical examiner Timothy S. Gorrill.

    'In my opinion, Cedric Lofton died as a result of complications of cardiopulmonary arrest sustained after physical struggle while restrained in the prone position,' Gorrill said in the report.

    'The manner of death is homicide.'

    Lofton's death has sparked discussion about prone position deaths, which had resurfaced after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. 

    The prone position can cause breathing difficulty, and limit or cut off the supply of oxygen the heart and brain, the Washington Post reported.

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