AG's office investigating death of Rochester woman who died while in custody

September 20, 2018 12:23 PM

The New York State Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into the death of a Rochester woman who died while in police custody in Buffalo. 

India Cummings died while in custody at the Erie County Holding Center in 2016. 

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A state report issued back in July blamed her death on the Erie County Sheriff's Office and recommended that Cummings death be ruled a homicide.

“After reviewing key materials and evidence, the Attorney General’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit has opened an investigation into the death of India Cummings, pursuant to the Attorney General’s authority under Executive Order No. 147," Amy Spitalnick, Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor with the Attorney General's Office said. "We’re committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation.”

"Erie County District Attorney John Flynn commends Acting NYS Attorney General Underwood for opening an independent investigation into the death of Ms. Cummings," the Erie County District Attorney's Office wrote in a statement.

The press secretary for the Erie County Executive says there will be no comment on cases with ongoing litigation.


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