Comrie, Miller Demand Justice for Queens Vet Who Died in Police Custody

By David Brand

In April, U.S. Army veteran and Queens native Everett Palmer Jr. was arrested for driving under the influence in York County, PA. After two days in police custody, Palmer died.

 In April, U.S. Army veteran and Queens native Everett Palmer Jr. was arrested for driving under the influence in York County, PA. After two days in police custody, Palmer died.

In April, U.S. Army veteran and Queens native Everett Palmer Jr. was arrested for driving under the influence in York County, PA. After two days in police custody, Palmer died.

Six months later, Palmer’s family is still trying to find out how Palmer, a father of two and a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, died. They’re not the only ones.

State Sen. Leroy Comrie, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, attorney Marlon Kirton and other local leaders will speak at a rally for the Palmer family Sunday in Maranatha Baptist Church, located at 112-42 Springfield Boulevard in Queens Village.

York County Coroner Pam Gay listed the cause of death in the updated autopsy released in July as "complications following an excited state, associated with methamphetamine toxicity, during physical restraint," WITF reported. But the autopsy did not explain how he died or why his toxicology report showed the presence of methamphetamine in his system even though he spent two days in police custody.