Four Lowell police officers placed on leave following investigation into death of woman in custody

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LOWELL — The city’s top police official placed four officers on paid leave Thursday and recommended discipline for those officers and three more in the death of a woman in custody early last year.

In a letter sent Thursday to police personnel, Superintendent William M. Taylor said department employees displayed “conduct which could be described as deliberate indifference” in Alyssa Brame’s January 2013 death by alcohol poisoning.

Brame, 31, had been arrested hours earlier on a charge of soliciting prostitution, authorities said.

“The combined investigations of the Middlesex District Attorney and our own Board of Inquiry determined Ms. Brame was not given the proper medical attention that she was in obvious need of while in the custody of the Lowell Police Department,” Taylor wrote.

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