Last updated: about 3 years ago
Undercover narcotics detectives said they bought two rocks of crack cocaine from Lilly at around 8 p.m.. He ran off after seeing police.
Lilly was taken into custody, but by then, was unresponsive. Police believe he may have swallowed drugs during the incident.
Lilly’s death drew a chaotic crowd within hours. Family members and the community began throwing chairs, cursing and making threats to police, claiming officers had beaten Lilly to death.
“They took his life away at the age of 22,” said Joshua Lilly, Jeffrey’s brother. “(They) kicked him in the face and his head fell on the bricks.”