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DA talking to state attorney general about inmate's death

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is in discussions with the Attorney General's Office about the death of Erie County Holding Center inmate India Cummings, according to a statement Monday from his office.

Cummings, the state Commission of Correction's Medical Review Board said, died in February 2016 from acute renal failure, dehydration and a blood ailment stemming from a broken arm combined with a massive pulmonary embolism. The inmate, 27, would have survived had she received proper care, the review board said in its report.

After obtaining the report, Flynn immediately notified the Attorney General’s Office, the District Attorney's Office said.

The Attorney General's Office will make a decision this week regarding the investigation of this matter, according to the district attorney.

An executive order in 2015 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requires the Attorney General’s Office to serve as special prosecutor in matters involving the death of an unarmed civilian, whether in custody or not, caused by a law enforcement officer.

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