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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Former NFL player’s family raises questions about his death

Mr. Foster was arrested after police in Reform, a small town in western Alabama, spotted him on radar moving at 92 mph in the 45 mph zone at approximately 11:10 pm on December 3, police said.

Police said that after police chased Mr Foster in his jeep and placed spiked lanes on the road, he was charged with recklessly threatening, fleeing, and resisting arrest. Police said he was also charged with speeding, stopping driving and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Mr. Foster’s parents believe he may have experienced a “manic episode” in the days before, during and after his arrest, family lawyers said. The lawyers said in a statement that Mr. Foster “had mental health problems in the past.”

While Mr. Foster was booked into Pickens County Jail, he “refused to answer the jailer’s questions, but there were no physical fights during the booking process while the Reform Police Directorate was present,” the department said in a statement.

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On December 5, Mr. Foster’s family posted his bond, which included a condition, on a judge’s order, that police take him to a hospital in Birmingham for an examination, police said.

But when Mr. Foster’s family and police arrived at the jail to take him to the hospital, the sheriff’s office refused to release him, saying he was overbooked on a different set of charges, the Police Reform Department said.

Lawyers for Mr. Foster’s family said they were told that Mr. Foster “had an altercation with another inmate and is now under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office, which is delaying his treatment.” The family was not allowed to visit Mr. Foster, attorneys said.

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