NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Officials want to know why an inmate who hanged himself in a Newark jail cell was allowed to keep his belt.

The Newark Police Department’s Internal Affairs bureau and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Officer have launched investigations into Tyron Benson’s death.

The 31-year-old was found hanging by his belt from the bars of his cell in the Green Street jail on Thanksgiving. He had been charged with eluding police.

Police department rules call for the removal of belts and other personal items from prisoners before they are placed in cells.

Newark Police spokesman Detective Hubert Henderson told The Star-Ledger of Newark he couldn’t say why Benson had his belt on, “if in fact he did.”

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Comments (6)
  1. Fashion Police says:

    Perhaps if all inmates were allowed to keep their belts there would be no such thing as “pull up your pants” fashion staement..and perhaps the jail population wouldn’t be so overcrowded.

  2. Roy says:

    one less perp,committing crimes on the streets of newark

  3. otto says:

    No person should EVER be deprived of the right to depart this existence at any time they wish. The right of dying is one of the most sacred rights we have. Why do people get all bent out of shape about these kinds of stories ??!!??

  4. 5247lbth says:

    yes…let them all keep their belts..

  5. The Good Samaritan says:

    the victim is to blame here he hnng himself

    The Good Samaritan has spoken

  6. me says:

    Let them all keep their belts

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