Flagpole Magazine, p. 5 (September 3, 1997).


The July 19th death of Eric William Irby is the third suspicious killing of a citizen by police in Clarke County since 1994. Irby, 25, died while in police custody following a multicounty chase for traffic offenses. Clarke County officers were among the police involved in the chase and capture. Although police initially said Irby died of "heart failure" or a "heart attack," the coroner has ruled, based on an autopsy, that Irby died of suffocation resulting from being hogtied by unnamed police officers.