Other (indicate in message) November 27, 2018 (2 weeks ago)

Richie Lee Harbison

On 11/8/16, at 1:13 am in Hendersonville, NC on Howard Gap Road, Mr Harbison was stopped by Henderson County Sheriffs deputies for being in a motor vehicle accident, then disrobing in the street. He was naked when officers arrived, obviously unarmed, and apparently mental distressed. He was tazed, handcuffed, and arrested, He died from a heart attack, most likely caused by positional asphyxiation during the arrest. SBI Agent Oaks Case # 2016-02553 opened a criminal investigation, but none of the four deputies were charged. Mr Harbison had no criminal history, was not under the influence of intoxication substances, but he is black.

**Editor’s Note: Thank you for using Sunshinerequest.com and for sending along some details of your request. We’d like to ask if the sender can please clarify the request. Specifically what question or information you’d like to have submitted to Hendersonville Gov. Can you let us know what the question is or what information you’re hoping to receive back? If you’d like to clarify, please submit a new request through the form on our site and indicate in the subject that it is for this request by titling it “Clarification – Richie Lee Harbison” / Thank you!”


Update: 11/28 – Thank you to the sender for submitting a new request called “Clarification Requested – Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?”

We are going to “close” that new request and have merged it with the original request called “Richie Lee Harbison“. For all updates on the request related to “Richie Harbinson”, please keep track here.

Per the sender’s clarification, the new request will now read as follows:

Subject: Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

Mesasge: On 11/8/16, at 1:13 am in Hendersonville, NC on Howard Gap Road, Mr Harbison was stopped by Henderson County Sheriffs deputies for being in a motor vehicle accident, then disrobing in the street. He was naked when officers arrived, obviously unarmed, and apparently mental distressed. He was tazed, handcuffed, and arrested, He died from a heart attack, most likely caused by positional asphyxiation during the arrest. SBI Agent Oaks Case # 2016-02553 opened a criminal investigation, but none of the four deputies were charged. Mr Harbison had no criminal history, was not under the influence of intoxication substances, but he is black.

Status: Sent to Government

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  • November 30, 2018 4:32 pm

    1 week ago

    from: Sunshine Request <records@sunshinerequest.com>
    to: sheriffmcdonald@hendersoncountync.org,
    PIO <pio@hendersoncountync.org>
    date: Nov 30, 2018, 4:32 PM
    subject: Records Request: Clarification Requested – Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?
    Hello Hendersonville Police Department,

     

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    Subject: Clarification Requested – Who were the Henderson County Deputies involved? Were they disciplined in the death of Richie Lee Harbison?

     

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    “On 11/8/16, at 1:13 am in Hendersonville, NC on Howard Gap Road, Mr Harbison was stopped by Henderson County Sheriffs deputies for being in a motor vehicle accident, then disrobing in the street. He was naked when officers arrived, obviously unarmed, and apparently mental distressed. He was tazed, handcuffed, and arrested, He died from a heart attack, most likely caused by positional asphyxiation during the arrest. SBI Agent Oaks Case # 2016-02553 opened a criminal investigation, but none of the four deputies were charged. Mr Harbison had no criminal history, was not under the influence of intoxication substances, but he is black.”

     

    Editor’s Note: The requester has specified the date range on this request to be from November 8th, 2016 to November 27th, 2018.

     

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    Status: Sent to Government