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No charges against cops over man who died after being subdued

(ST. CHARLES) No charges will be filed in the case of a northwest suburban man who died of internal bleeding after being restrained during a traffic stop by Carpentersville police.

Joshua Paul, a 31-year-old Carpentersville resident, died following the traffic stop on Aug. 17, a statement from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

An autopsy by the Kane County coroner’s office showed he died of “hemoperitoneum due to traumatic laceration of portal vein in his liver that was compromised by cirrhosis due to chronic alcoholism,” according to prosecutors.

On Tuesday, the state’s attorney’s office said no charges will be filed in the case.

“I wish to express my condolences to Joshua Paul’s family,” state’s attorney Joe McMahon said in the statement. “He was 31 years old, much too young to die. After reviewing the investigation of the Illinois State Police and the autopsy report, it is our conclusion that criminal charges are not warranted.”

About 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, Paul was stopped by Carpentersville police in the 200 block of Spring Hill Road for a traffic violation, according to prosecutors.

As police tried to “determine his identity and the status of his driver’s license,” Paul attempted to run away and was “physically restrained and taken to the ground by the officers,” the statement said.

He was put in handcuffs and paramedics were called because he was he bleeding from the chin. The wound was treated at the scene and Paul was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where he died at 7:13 a.m. Aug. 18, prosecutors said.

Following the autopsy by the Kane County coroner’s office, Illinois State Police investigated the officers’ actions, including examination of video taken from squad cars and statements from witnesses, prosecutors said.

The ISP investigation was completed on Nov. 17 and the results turned over to the state’s attorney’s office.