Gov. wants more info on inmate's pepper-spray death - FOX 13 News

Gov. wants more info on inmate's pepper-spray death


Governor Rick Scott is asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to provide him with more information about the death of man who was repeatedly pepper-sprayed.

Last year, FOX 13 investigative reporter Doug Smith reported on the death of 62-year-old Nick Christie and showed a disturbing photo of the man restrained and covered in pepper spray with a spit mask over his mouth.

The story quickly spread on the internet, capturing national and international attention.

Christie came to Florida back in 2009 to visit his brother in Ft. Myers. His wife, Joyce Christie, told FOX 13 he was distraught and needed medical attention, but instead was taken to the Lee County Jail and repeatedly pepper-sprayed. He died a few days later in the hospital.

Joyce is suing the Lee County Sheriff's Office. The medical examiner ruled Christie's death a homicide, but the state attorney cleared law enforcement of any wrongdoing.

The governor's press secretary, Lane Wright, told FOX 13 that Governor Scott requested FDLE provide him with more information on the case after receiving "citizen questions on the issue."

The governor declined our request for an interview.

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