Newark Man Dies in Police Custody

The dead man's wife had called police early Sunday, alleging he was abusing her.

Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:38 PM EDT
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Newark Man Dies in Police Custody

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Police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old man who was pronounced dead at a Newark hospital shortly after he apparently passed out in police handcuffs.

The dead man has been identified as Michael Mercado. Mercado's wife had called police early Sunday, claiming her husband was abusing her.

When police arrived, they handcuffs Mercado and he stopped moving, authorities said.

Emergency medical transported Mercado to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death is pending toxicology reports.

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