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A man who died in Schenectady police custody is heard struggling for breath and pleading for help in a recording his widow said came from a squad car dash-cam video.

Angelique Negroni-Kearse provided the audio to BuzzFeed News . She said she recorded it on her phone during a meeting last month with state attorney general’s office prosecutors investigating the death of 36-year-old Andrew Kearse.

According to Schenectady police, Kearse ran after being stopped for a traffic violation in May 2017 when he was in the city visiting a friend. He had just served two years in prison for theft and was wanted for a parole violation.

Officers were transporting him to the police station when he complained of difficulty breathing.

Police and the attorney general’s office declined comment.

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