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Victim’s family talks to police chief

OKLAHOMA CITY – One family is closer to finding out what happened when their loved one who died in police custody.

The family of Robin Howard met with Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty for the first time Thursday, four months after his death.

Back in June officers said Howard resisted arrest during a traffic stop.

He was transported to the hospital and later died.

The Medical Examiner’s office determined Howard died of pneumonia caused by blunt force trauma to the chest; his death was ruled a homicide.

The two officers involved are on restricted duty but the District Attorney’s office decided not to press charges against them.

The family said they felt questions surrounding Howard’s death could not be answered.

Thursday they said Citty was forthcoming with information about the investigation including the close ties his secretary has to the case.

Attorney David Slane who represents the family said, “His personal secretary is the grandmother of one of the officers involved. Chief Citty indicated a willingness to even perhaps remove himself from the process or find some way to ensure there is fairness. He assured the family that he was not going to be persuaded by someone who worked for him.”

Deidra Hill, Howard’s youngest sister, said, “Today we just feel positive and grateful that we did have a chance to sit down and talk to him.”

The family also learned the department of justice in investigating Howard’s death through the FBI.