Family wants Anderson Police investigated after man’s death

is Benston Calvin Clinkscales
Benston Calvin Clinkscales

The group Fighting Injustice Together says they are conducting an independent investigation into the death of Benston Calvin Clinkscales.

Clinkscales died after being tased and arrested by Anderson Police.

Coroner Don McCown says the autopsy showed that Clinkscales died from illicit drugs, and alcohol.

He had excited delirium which caused him to act the way he did.

McCown says, “We’re deeply sorry for the loss of Mr. Clinkscales; however, our findings indicate that the taser did not play a role in his death, and in our preliminary investigation indicates that drugs and alcohol are the contributing factors.”

He says Clinkscales put his arm through a window in the home, and officers arrived after someone in the home called 911.

When the officers arrived, Clinkscales became combative and had to be tased, McCown said.

During the confrontation, Clinkscales pulled the prongs from his body and shortly thereafter became combative again with EMS personnel as they rendered aid to him.

After arriving at the hospital he became combative with the hospital staff and died at 12:51 a.m. Sunday morning.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the death.

Fighting Injustice Together says the family has “grave and warranted concerns” in regards to the investigation.

They say McCown’s conduct has been “pious and unprofessional.”

The group says the family will purse all legal avenues if their investigation finds any evidence of wrongdoing, abuse of power or a violation of state or federal law.

They say that would include requesting the assistance of the Department of Justice.

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