The 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Pueblo cleared officers of wrongdoing in the Sept. 7, 2017, death of an inmate at El Paso County's Criminal Justice Center, according to a May 11 Colorado Springs Police Department news release.
Eliezer Tirado-Ortiz, 40, was arrested after deputies were sent to 2864 S. Circle Drive, where Tirado-Ortiz had been "acting erratically," punching doors and the like. In a patrol car, Tirado-Ortiz banged his head against the window, sweated profusely and admitted he had taken heroin. Arrested for drug possession, he was taken to the jail where he died after six deputies used "hand and knee strikes" on him and restrained his arms and legs for about 11 minutes.
The El Paso County Coroner's Office blamed the death on heroin and methamphetamine intoxication combined with physical restraint by officers.