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Here’s the entire story from the Associated Press:HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A group of tribal leaders is asking the state of Montana investigate the death of a teenager who died at the Hill County jail.
In a letter sent earlier this month, the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council questions whether A.J. Long Soldier Jr.’s race was a factor in his treatment. The 18-year-old died Nov. 23 of what a coroner found to be acute alcohol withdrawal.
Long Soldier had been arrested on a misdemeanor warrant four days before his death at Northern Montana Hospital. A coroner’s jury ruled in March that detention officers were not criminally liable in Long Soldier’s death.
“Will anyone be held accountable for the obviously incorrect assessment of A.J.’s serious medical condition that directly led to his death,” said the letter, written by council chairman James Steel Jr.
A spokesman for Attorney General Steve Bullock said the office was reviewing the letter, which was received May 12.
Long Soldier, a star athlete who led Hays-Lodgepole to a Class C state basketball championship as a sophomore in 2007, had been enrolled at Haskell University in Lawrence, Kan. He was arrested while he was home attending his grandfather’s funeral.
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