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Grand Jury Finds Police Actions 'Lawful' in Death of Tiverton Man

The grand jury has concluded its investigation into the death of Craig Raposa, who died in police custody on Feb. 3, 2012.

The statewide grand jury concluded its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Craig Raposa on Wednesday.

Raposa died while in the custody of members of the Portsmouth Police Department on Feb. 3, 2012 in Portsmouth, according to a press release from the Attorney General's Office.

"The statewide grand jury has determined that the actions by the officers were lawful and legally justified," according to the release. 

This incident was investigated by State Police with the Office of Attorney General, and presented to the grand jury.

"It is the responsibility of the grand jury to determine the facts, apply the law to those facts and to decide whether anyone may be charged with criminal wrongdoing," according to the release. 

The Office of Attorney General cannot release further details surrounding the Grand Jury as disclosure is prohibited by law.

Raposa, 25, died of unknown causes following a struggle with Portsmouth police, in which pepper spray was used. 

His mother, Brenda Raposa of Portsmouth, blamed authorities for the death of her son, who suffered from a mental illness. 

"Although we were confident that our officers had conducted themselves appropriately, and while we are pleased with the grand jury’s findings, we are nevertheless sorrowed by the fact that a human life was lost," stated acting Portsmouth Police Chief Jeffrey R. Furtado in a statement. 

"It is truly unfortunate that despite our best efforts, a tragedy still occurred." 

Craig graduated from Portsmouth High School in 2004 as an all-star athlete in football and baseball. He worked at Clements' Market while attending high school and Bristol Community College. 

He also worked for DeCastro's Landscaping helping to build the outside patio of Subway on East Main Road.

Hairsonfire January 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM
It seems that the police are very quick to apply incredible violence at the slightest (perceived) provocation from "perps." Sadly, that is the lesson they have learned in dealing with the majority of law breakers - i believe it is out of rage and fear. You deal with the scum and lowlifes on a regular basis and you can get pretty disillusioned with ANY citizen. Even a woman sitting on the ground with handcuffs behind her back. And, they can easily invoke "actions were justified" when situations like this occur. Sad - so sad.
Abner Marsh January 10, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Of course the police did nothing wrong they never do!!!
N January 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM
So sad when the police get away with this i hope those cops never foget what they did to this man and his family .
robert January 11, 2013 at 02:42 PM
The tiverton [olice are known to be very physical at times they arrested my brother for driving without a license in the early 2000's and they knocked his head into the car frame while putting him in the back seat after i bailed him we went to the newport hospital for 2 stitches ....
The count January 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM
It was portsmouth police. And yes they are a bunch of Hooligan thug wannabees. They need to be intervened as far as im concerned.
The count January 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Poor kid. They should have done more of a backround check on him before they use that type of force.

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