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The night Joshua Messier died

What happened at Bridgewater State Hospital, the state's prison for the mentally ill, on May 4, 2009:

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Joshua Messier's mother, Lisa Brown, visited him and worried that he was on the verge of another schizophrenic attack.
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Messier allegedly punched a guard during a psychotic attack in a staff break room. The guard punched Messier back and took him to the floor, as other guards joined the fray.
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Two guards pushed down hard on Messier's back as he sat in handcuffs and leg irons, a banned tactic known to cause suffocation. A medical examiner ruled his subsequent death a homicide.
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In the parking lot, Brown saw an ambulance. She said she felt certain it had come for her son.

SOURCES: Department of Correction; court documents; interviews

Patrick Garvin, Michael Rezendes/GLOBE STAFF

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