19 Action News has learned that a Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s investigation has ruled the death of Howard Hammon III a homicide.
Hammon’s family confirms the finding.
“That was my brother, I love him and I miss him and I can’t sleep. I have nightmares this is ridiculous,” said Neva Hammon.
Hammon was tasered fives times by Middleburg Heights Police after a traffic accident in June.
The medical examiner’s investigation found Hammond was high at the time of his struggle with police. Tests revealed he had several drugs in his system.
A ruling of homicide doesn’t mean a crime was committed by police or even that they were at fault. In Ohio, there are five causes of death that can be ruled – natural causes, accidental, suicide, undetermined or homicide.
A police dashcam video of Hammon’s arrest shows him struggling with police for several minutes after refusing to be handcuffed. Hammon’s family has called for the officers to be criminally charged. Middleburg Heights Police Chief John Maddox says his officers acted properly and cited Hammon’s long arrest record.