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Officers cleared in woman's death at airport

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:07 pm | Updated: 9:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Prosecutors reviewing the death of a New York City woman who died in police custody at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last year have cleared the officers involved of any criminal wrongdoing.

Carol Anne Gotbaum accidentally asphyxiated herself after being chained to a bench in a police holding room after her Sept. 28 arrest. Police said the 45-year-old was intoxicated and unruly after missing her connecting flight while on the way to a substance-abuse rehabilitation clinic in Tucson.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says officers didn't know Gotbaum suffered from alcoholism and depression and while her death was tragic, they did nothing wrong.

Gotbaum's family has filed an $8 million lawsuit against Phoenix and its police department.

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