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Police have new video that shows suspect alive after drug arrest. He died a few hours later.

Curtis Mangum with his daughter Zanyah.
Curtis Mangum with his daughter Zanyah. Courtesy of Save Our Sons

City officials Monday released information about an additional video discovered by police that shows a 32-year-old man alive this month when he was first arrested on drug charges. The man died later, after being taken to WakeMed.

Police are awaiting a court order that will let the department to release the new footage to the public.

“We are not releasing it this evening. We have to go back in front of a judge and get a court order,” Donna-maria Harris, a police spokeswoman, said Monday night. “Once we have all of the paperwork and get all of the signatures, then we’ll release it.”

Police said the additional video footage shows Curtis Roeman Mangum, 32, sitting on a Southeast Raleigh sidewalk curb where he was arrested on drug charges. This was before he was taken to the department’s South-East District Station on charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to sell on Jan. 10.

Officers searched Mangum following the traffic stop of a car he was riding in. The investigators found 28 grams of a green leafy substance they thought was marijuana, along with .5 grams of a rock-like substance thought to be cocaine and a digital scale. They also found a loaded semi-automatic handgun and six fully loaded magazines in the glove box of the vehicle.

Mangum left the scene with an arresting officer at about 11:10 p.m. and arrived at the South-East District police station on Cross Link Road at about 11:16 p.m., the five-day report said. The arresting officer, while assisting Mangum out of the back seat of his patrol vehicle, noticed that he appeared less steady on his feet and was quieter than he had been earlier. The officer told a supervising sergeant that he should call for emergency medical services because he was concerned about Mangum.

Paramedics arrived at the station at about 11:27 p.m. One paramedic went to check on Mangum, while a second one returned to the ambulance to get a stretcher. Video cameras showed that it was about 11:32 p.m. when Mangum walked out the front door of the station and met the paramedic, who had a stretcher waiting for him on the sidewalk. Mangum climbed onto the stretcher and was taken by ambulance to WakeMed. He was admitted to the hospital as a patient at about 11:53 p.m.

Mangum’s condition worsened, and he was pronounced dead at about 2:40 a.m.

The original report cites a preliminary autopsy from the state medical examiner, who found a torn plastic bag inside Mangum’s stomach. The only sign of injury noted by the medical examiner was a small scrape on one of Mangum’s shins.

After a ruling from Superior Court Judge Graham Shirley on Jan. 19, the original video from the station was released to counter rumors circulating on social media asserting that Mangum died while he was inside the police station.

City officials on Monday said the additional video was captured by Mobile Video Recording equipment inside another officer’s vehicle while he was transporting another subject.

The footage could be made public as early as Tuesday, said Harris, the police spokeswoman.

City officials said releasing information about the additional video is part of the police department’s “continuous effort to maintain transparency.”

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald

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