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Attorney Daryl Washington said Friday was challenging for the family of Anthony Ray Johnson Jr.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner said his death was a homicide. Examiners said he died from mechanical and chemical asphyxia while an inmate in the Tarrant County Jail.

“It was almost like the family when they found out for the very first time that Anthony was dead,” said Washington, who represents Johnson’s family.

According to Sheriff Bill Waybourn, jail employee Rafael Moreno put a knee into the back of the 31-year-old’s back when he was already restrained. Waybourn said that’s not a sanctioned tactic.

Moreno and his supervisor, Lt. Joel Garcia, were fired and then reinstated because they didn’t get fired properly.  The two were later reinstated.

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