What happened to Angel Cruz?
Angel Cruz, 20, was found dead at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chicago while under police custody. The cause of death is still unknown and has prompted his family to demand answers from law enforcement.
Cruz was arrested on March 12 for allegedly stabbing Leticia Vargas, his own mother, and his stepdad. He was taken into custody by police in Countryside, Ill. — a Chicago suburb — before being transferred over to the Cook County’s Sheriff’s office. From the get-go, Cruz was displaying signs of mental illness. He was eventually taken to St. Anthony’s for medical treatment, where he ended up dying.
Vargas told ABC 7 that authorities told her Angel Cruz had died of a heart attack, but she still had questions. After all, Cruz’s body was covered in bruises when he was taken to the hospital.
“This is my only child, I want to know what happened to him. I’m not blaming anyone, I want to know the truth,” she said in a news conference.
Vargas isn’t the only one looking for an explanation. Leo Theelion Vargas, Angel Cruz’s uncle, took to Facebook [seen above] all but alleging foul play.
The police are on the defensive.
For their part, the Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office has been very adamant about their denial of any wrongdoing.
“There were no apparent signs of foul play whatsoever,” Cara Smith, spokesperson for Cook County’s Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement to CBS 2. “We’ll wait to see what the outcome of the toxicology tests show.”
“It’s certainly tragic what happened, but it’s unfair to suggest that harm came to him in the jail or in the custody of the sheriff’s office,” Smith later told the Chicago Tribune. “There’s no evidence of that whatsoever.”
The Cruz and Vargas have legitimate reasons to question the official police narrative, particularly one that’s as vague as this one. We are, after all, talking about Cook, the same county that went to great lengths to prevent the infamous Laquan McDonald dash cam tape from surfacing.
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