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“I appreciate it:” Dexter Carter, found hanging in cell, thanks MPD officers for saving his life

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MILWAUKEE -- For all intents and purposes, Dexter Carter was dead. He did not have a pulse and he was not breathing when he was found inside a cell at Milwaukee Police Department's District Five. Carter's family demanded answers after police said the Milwaukee man tried to hang himself inside the cell. On Wednesday, September 1st, Dexter Carter said "thank you" to the Milwaukee police officers who helped to save his life.

Police aide at MPD District Five checks Dexter Carter's cell

Police aide at MPD District Five checks Dexter Carter's cell

This incident was caught on camera -- and the video is something family members had asked to see.

We're now seeing that video for the first time. It shows that Carter may very well have died if not for the actions of officers and a 20-year-old police aide.

47-year-old Dexter Carter was found by police on Sunday evening, August 23rd.

Now, three Milwaukee police officers and a police aide have described what happened that night. Carter had been booked for a domestic violence incident.

Officers say it appeared to be a routine arrest.

Dexter Carter

Dexter Carter

"At no time did he have any signs of depression or suicidal thoughts," an officer said.

Officers are required to check cells every 15 minutes. Less than seven minutes after a stop, 20-year-old Courtland Pederson, a police aide, decided to check Carter's cell again.

"I was doing regular cell checks, and I came across him hanging," Pederson said.

Officers pull Dexter Carter from cell

Officers pull Dexter Carter from cell

Carter was attempting to commit suicide using his jeans.

"I immediately had my knife ready," an officer said.

"I checked his pulse. He wasn't breathing," an officer said.

"I said 'we've got to start CPR,'" an officer said.

As Carter was carried away, officers weren't sure whether he'd survive.

But on Wednesday, under his own power, Carter returned to MPD's District Five to say "thank you."

Dexter Carter

Dexter Carter

"I'd like to say I'm grateful -- because I seen your speed and accuracy on how fast you move. Had you not moved that fast, I would probably not be sitting here today," Carter said.

Just last week, Carter's family held a news conference demanding video and audio from this incident be released -- saying Carter wouldn't have attempted suicide.

Carter says we're all capable of going to a dark place on our worst days -- but he says support from family members and friends is helping him.

Dexter Carter hugs police aide who helped to save his life

Dexter Carter hugs police aide who helped to save his life

"They saved my mother heartache, my kids heartache -- I appreciate it. Thank you," Carter said.


  • The real MPD

    Now this is what police work is about. Not the one or two examples of making the police look bad from a bad decision or the rotten apples on the dept (that exist in any job). It’s about time the media shares the good things officers do day in and day out.

    Thank you Dexter Carter for having the intestinal fortitude to set the record straight. Your a good man and I wish you well!

  • ICU

    His family & members of the community, Tory Low (Lowe) who falsely accused Police for the hanging. Shame on them!
    Now that’s pretty low on their part.

  • dimples

    Dexter said that he saw the accuracy of the police and how fast they came to save him,,, i was curious if he saw it after he came back through, because he supposedly wasn’t conscious nor breathing when he was found..

    • Tom

      You might want to read it again. He said he has seen their speed and accuracy and if they hadn’t moved that fast he wouldn’t be here today. Man people are uneducated..

  • SM Head

    What an idiot, he got lucky. If you don’t really want to die, don’t put yourself in any of those situations (to be in jail, to HANG yourself???)

  • Moderated by Fox 6

    Wow..He gave them thanks. Isn’t he the guy whose family said the hanging must’ve been the fault of the police?

  • Mike

    But Fox 6, weren’t you airing news stories saying how the police must have done this to him, that the police were at fault and the police were covering this up? And the family was screaming and yelling and demanding to see the video, and how the police killed another black man?? Glad you aired a redaction to your earlier mis-reporting. Perhaps getting facts straight first will prevent you from becoming another CNN or TMJ4. Irresponsible journalism is fueling the hatred for police.

  • TrustingGod

    One thing he failed to mention was that it was GOD who kept him….I am praying for the family…and I pray that Dexter has a turn around in his life….Thank GOD for the VICTORY….and praise GOD for MPD allowing their footsteps to be ordered back to the cell to check on him. WHAT A VICTORY THIS IS!!!! AMEN!!!!!!

  • Randall C

    there should be people who left accusatory comments towards the police in the previous article back here to post an apology.

  • Milwaukee citizen

    I guess his family is still mad because I bet they started seeing dollars signs and now they can’t get anything.

  • TK

    I think his family owes the police department a public apology. Without saying it in so many words, they accused these officers publicly, of trying to hurt him and turns out if not for them he would be dead. Not all police are bad.

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