COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -A Chokoloskee family is accusing Collier County Sheriff Deputies of beating a man to death after he died in their custody.
Devan Rewis, 31, was arrested on Sept. 15 after being pulled over for breaking curfew following Hurricane Irma.
The sheriff’s office said during the traffic stop, Rewis attempted to run from deputies and attacked officers as they tried to handcuff him.
Officers used a stun gun and needed to control Rewis forcefully.
“There’s no reason to Taser and beat and Taser and beat and pepper spray someone like that and refuse their call for help,” Rewis’ aunt, Martha Daniels, said.
The day after his arrest, Rewis was found unresponsive in his cell.
Deputies are now waiting for a toxicology report to determine the cause of death.
This incident wasn’t Rewis’ first run-in with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He faced multiple drug arrests in the past. The toxicology report will indicate if drugs had anything to do with his death.
Rewis’ family believes that drugs had nothing to do with his death and that deputies targeted him due to his past.
The deputy that arrested Rewis has been disciplined the the sheriff’s office before, causing concern for the family.
Rewis’ family hopes the sheriff’s office investigates the case with this in mind.
The sheriff’s office is waiting on the full autopsy report which will include a toxicology report. There is an internal investigation underway at the sheriff’s office. No deputies involved in the case are on leave.