HARPER WOODS, Mich. – Director of Public Safety for Harper Woods Vincent Smith announced Sunday that six public safety personnel have been placed on administrative leave following the mysterious death of Priscilla Slater last week.
Slater, 38, was found unresponsive in a holding cell on Wednesday after being arrested in connection with a shooting incident on Tuesday.
According to officials medics immediately attempted to revive Slater but were unsuccessful. Officials are still awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports from the Wayne County Medical Examiner to determine the cause of Slater’s death.
Harper Woods officials said Sunday that four civilian aides and two supervisors in the public safety department have been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is underway. Their role in the incident is unknown at this time.
Protesters gathered around Harper Woods’ City Hall on Friday to demand answers regarding Slater’s death. Some demonstrators, including some of Slater’s family members, confronted the city’s Mayor Ken Poynter during the protest.
Protesters gathered again on Sunday to demand answers. Smith said Sunday that the cause of death won’t be known until the autopsy report is completed, and that he offers his condolences to the Slater family.
Michigan State Police are investigating the incident.
Brooks was shot by a police officer amid a struggle on Friday after failing a sobriety test and attempting to flee.