Friday, September 19, 2008

MA: Mother wants answers from police 3 months after son's death

September 18, 2008 03:19 PM

By Maria Cramer, Globe Staff

Standing on the same corner where her son collapsed, Cathy Woodman demanded answers today from police about his death.

Behind her stood two dozen stoic-faced Emmanuel College students holding signs with bold black letters that read: "Who was served? Who was protected?" and "Three months ago today still no justice." Others held placards that bore pictures of a smiling, 22-year-old David Woodman.

It was exactly three months ago today that the former Emmanuel student stopped breathing after his arrest during the Celtics championship celebration. Woodman was carrying a plastic cup of beer on his walk home June 18 when he was confronted by nine uniformed officers at the Fenway and Brookline Avenue.

"The questions are still unanswered," Cathy Woodman said today through tears as he stood with her husband, Jeffrey. "There are nine people who know the truth right now."

Woodman's friends have said that the officers grabbed him and slammed him to the ground. Police allege Woodman struggled with officers as they charged him with public drinking and resisting arrest. He stopped breathing and died 11 days later in the hospital.

Police have said they are waiting for autopsy results from the medical examiner's office. Woodman's death is also being investigated by the Suffolk district attorney's office, the Boston US attorney's office, and a private Boston lawyer

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