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Woman who died in Harper Woods police custody died of 'natural causes,' officials say

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 16:32:12-04

HARPER WOODS (WXYZ) — Priscilla Slater, the woman who died while in police custody at a Harper Woods jail, passed due to natural causes, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

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Slater died of cardiac dysrhythmia, the medical examiner confirmed Tuesday.

The woman's death ignited protests outside of the Harper Woods Police Department. At one point, six Harper Woods public safety workers were placed on leave during the investigation into Slater's death.

Most recently, the deputy chief and an officer were fired for trying to conceal and manipulate evidence in the case, the city announced just last week.

"There were protests, unfortunate comments made by our former mayor and, of course, an ongoing investigation by the Michigan department of State Police regarding the cause of death of Ms. Slater," Szymanski said in a release."There was a promise, by City Officials, to remain transparent and accountable to residents for all the circumstances surrounding this matter."

No further information has been released on the investigation into Slater's death.

Slater, 38, was found unresponsive in a holding cell on Wednesday, June 10, a day after she was arrested in connection to a shooting.