From the Huffington Post:
The story of a man who was choked to death by a CVS employee after stealing toothpaste from the Chicago store on Saturday is getting even more scrutiny, after police admitted Monday that a Cook County sheriff’s officer was on the scene when the man, Anthony Kyser, was killed.
Kyser, a 35-year-old barber, was chased out of the Little Village store and restrained by an employee of the store who saw him stealing, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The employee then strangled him to death.
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[4:06 p.m. – 5/10/2010] – BIZARRE: CVS Manager Fatally Strangles Shoplifter Over Toothpaste
From the Chicago Tribune:
Anthony Kyser didn’t have money for the tubes of toothpaste he stuffed in his jacket before he walked out of a Little Village CVS store Saturday morning.
He paid with his life, instead.
Chased out of the store and down a litter-strewn alley shortly before 11 a.m., the 35-year-old unemployed barber was strangled to death by a CVS employee who had seen him shoplifting, officials said.
Witnesses said Kyser, of the 1400 block of South Hamlin, cried, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe!” as the CVS worker held him in a chokehold for what they thought was several minutes. Three other men attempted to restrain him in the alley behind the 2600 block of South Pulaski, the witnesses said.
The medical examiner ruled Kyser’s death a homicide, saying an autopsy showed he had been strangled, but police said Sunday the employee who killed him won’t be charged.