Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and the legal team working on the former NFL star’s case dropped some damning information this week. Glenn Foster was declared dead in the back of a police cruiser on the way to an area hospital, according to a statement released by the law firm representing his family.
The 31-year-old former NFL player was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and attempt to elude.
An independent autopsy was returned Friday by the family of the former Saints player who died in police custody last week in Alabama.
That independent autopsy showed that his cause of death was strangulation.
“Keeping people in your custody alive is literally the lowest bar we can set for a law enforcement agency, and is something that the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office failed to do. Pickens County owes the family the truth relating to Mr. Foster’s tragic death,” the statement continued. “These findings are deeply concerning and demand a full and transparent investigation into what happened to Glenn Foster Jr. and how he lost his life. We will not stop until we get answers and justice for Glenn, his family, and the community.”
While in jail, authorities say Foster attacked an inmate over a pair of socks. What transpired between the attack on Dec. 5 and his death remains a mystery.
“What did they do to my son while he was in jail?” Glenn Foster Sr. asked Saturday (Dec. 11) during a remote-access press conference with wife Sabrina Foster and family attorney Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann. “What happened to him physically?”
“He just left for a business meeting and unfortunately was stopped by the police,” his mother said. “They did not give us the opportunity to speak with him, not at all.”
Foster’s father said his son had previously experienced “manic” episodes and said his son was “uncooperative” and “not being reasonable” when they spoke on the phone while he was in jail.
The family alleges they were denied any visitation with Foster before his death.