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Internal Lowell police report faults officers in death of woman in custody

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An internal Lowell police investigation has determined that officers and civilian detention attendants neglected duties, disobeyed regulations, and “fail[ed] to summons medical help when it was obviously required” in the January 2013 death of a 31-year-old woman being held in custody.

Lowell police Superintendent William Taylor has recommended seven department employees for discipline by the city manager. He met Tuesday with the mother of the woman who died, Alyssa Brame, and her lawyer to share the police report and apologize for her daughter’s death by alcohol poisoning.

“I’m certainly very disappointed in the care that Alyssa received while she was in custody,” Taylor said by phone after the meeting. “I believe that the individuals involved in this case acted in . . . deliberate indifference.”

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