Autopsy Lists ‘Effects of Cocaine’ as Cause of Death for Omar Abrego, Who Died After LAPD Arrest

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Omar Abrego is seen in this photo provided to KTLA by family members.

Los Angeles County coroner’s officials determined that a man who died last year after struggling with two LAPD sergeants during an arrest in South L.A. died from the effects of cocaine but also suffered “physical and emotional duress while taken under custody,” according to an autopsy report issued Tuesday.

Omar Abrego, 37, tested positive for cocaine and had multiple cuts and bruises after his Aug. 2 arrest, the report said.

While saying that the cocaine caused Abrego to display “bizarre behavior and agitation,” the autopsy also said “there is a temporal relationship between the arrest maneuver and death which complicated the acute cocaine intoxication.”

The autopsy report lists the effects of cocaine as the cause of death. The “physical and emotional duress” Abrego suffered was included under “conditions contributing but not related to the immediate cause of death.”

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