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Kings Park Man Dies of Head Injury Weeks After Struggle With Cops

Lawrence Ports injured when he tried to flee officers at hospital.

35 Hemlock Drive, Kings Park. Credit: Google.
35 Hemlock Drive, Kings Park. Credit: Google.
A Kings Park man who took a blow to the head during a police struggle nearly three weeks ago died Saturday as a result of that injury, according to police.

On Sept. 24, Suffolk County Police received a call that Lawrence Ports, 60, was acting irrationally at his 35 Hemlock Drive home in Kings Park, and after arriving police decided to call the county's Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team to take Ports to Stony Brook University Hospital.

It was at the hospital where Ports tried to run away from officers, and as officers tried to restrain him Ports suffered the head injury. He was treated at Stony Brook, but his conditioned worsened and he died on Saturday.

Police said they have been investigating the incident since it happened in September.

The Suffolk County Medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on Ports.
Joey o October 12, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Shame on the police for using excessive force that was unnecessary! God bless you and you're family josh. Anything you need just call. ...Joey
Ryan Travis October 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM
The police killed my stepfather!
Anne Kash October 13, 2013 at 09:26 AM
This is so tragic...so very senseless..
Carol Glynn October 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Henry Powderly should be ashamed of himself for posting this without first gathering the facts. Did you even think to consider his family's feelings? Posting half truths serves no purpose except to incite people. There are only 2 facts for sure at the moment...a man in trouble called the police himself for help and that very man, a very devoted friend and family man is gone from our lives forever. KP Patch...I thought better of you until now. Please wait for the investigation to be completed before posting anything else.
Anne Kash October 13, 2013 at 05:22 PM
I actually did NOT know Larry personally but do believe it is sad , as Carol Glynn said, to post info without all the facts.
Carol Glynn October 13, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Any response, Henry?
Nick E October 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Police Brutality just as bad as Trigger happy cops, same thing.......... Mr Ports ran, Are you kidding. He was at a Hospital for Help, Ever hear of a Tazer or Simply Grabbing and restraining him. Isn't this what the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team IS TRAINED TO DO? Why were police the ones to stop Mr ports? There Jobs cut and dry. Bring the Patient in and let the Hospital do there Job. I know a friend of a friend who was at the stony brook mental health hosp for a month, He is 35 years old and a BIg Boy with serve mental illness when off his meds. He decked a worker in the face, and they kicked him out to st Catherine's They didn't put him in a coma and cause a life threatening head Injury and he punched someone in the face almost knocking them out, and im sure he ran afterwards, He was Restrained. Another case of cops abusing there power and those cops will be sorry along with the hospital when a law-suite is filled and they are charged with Negligence and Homicide. The cops should be fired immediately. Once the Video comes out and the Autopsy is done both SCPD and Stony Brook will be begging to settle out of court and fire the police. Josh i hope you get Justice you deserve you served with the US ARMY for our country and this is how you get payed back. Patch, Why are the polices names not mentioned when the victim mr ports is? That sounds like one way BS reporting
Nick E October 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Ryan Travis Im sorry for your lose as well as Josh's. I hope you guys get the best lawyer out there to go after everyone involved in full force!!!!!!!
new guy October 14, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I lot of assumptions, here's the quote from the artical... It was at the hospital where Ports tried to run away from officers, and as officers tried to restrain him Ports suffered the head injury. Who knows what happened. He might have fallen while running away from the police. Any eye witness's? Security cameras at the hospital? I don't envy the police. They are dealing with people when they are at their worst.
Kathy Smith October 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Larry was a gentle soul who brought a smile to the face of everyone he encountered. I am appalled at the way in which he was portrayed in this article. I only hope that "The Patch" will do a follow-up which will include more factual information and show that they can be considered a source of ethical and responsible journalism. I no longer reside in KP but having lived there for 35+ years I will always consider myself a KPer. I subscribed to the Patch to help keep in touch but if this site is nothing more that unsubstantiated hearsay I will unsubscribe. I'm sure others will as well.
Nick E October 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM
New Guy, Since you didnt post your name AND SOUND LIKE A PIG. You don't need any more info then what the Patch tells you. I will give you one hint to your questions tho fella, yes, yes and yes. And The cops and hospital are in lots of trouble.... Everything else is private to the family. The cops murdered MR Ports
Dr. Remulak October 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Oh yes, blame the cops when an out-of-control crazy guy falls on his head. Oh, yes, and by all means, call a lawyer and sue for the value of his future earnings, minus the cost to taxpayers of keeping him on his meds. It is likely a negative number.
Carol Glynn October 15, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Dr Remulak is an ignorant serial commenter...ignore his ramblings.
Patricia Dock October 18, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Larry Ports was a fun guy and I find it really sad that people are making all those assumptions regarding what happened to him. Let the authorities do their job and stop pointing fingers. His family will get the final report.
johnalmond October 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM
It is impossible and not logical that a man in police custody, who was not charged with any crime, and not under arrest, only being held for psych evaluation, attained such horrible injurys, that caused his death, had to be caused by being beat-up by who-ever was keeping him de-tained, and even if he did try to flee, it doesnt matter excessive force beyond human comprehension was used on this innocent and well-liked member of the community. Furthermore, any negative comments in this commentary, may be by citzens who are trying to cover-up the facts, the family is entitled to know the truth, and not listen to lies, additionally the person responsible for calling 911, may also be an informant, for the authoritys.
Anne Kash October 21, 2013 at 08:48 AM
To johnalmond....I copied this from above: Carol Glynn October 13, 2013 at 03:01 PM Henry Powderly should be ashamed of himself for posting this without first gathering the facts. Did you even think to consider his family's feelings? Posting half truths serves no purpose except to incite people. There are only 2 facts for sure at the moment...a man in trouble called the police himself for help and that very man, a very devoted friend and family man is gone from our lives forever. KP Patch...I thought better of you until now. Please wait for the investigation to be completed before posting anything else.
Nick E October 21, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Anne, Please wait ? Why so buy then the heat & press simmers down, and the story fades, Trust this JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED
johnalmond October 24, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Anne you admited you didnt know boom boom, why dont you stay off the blog. We know what happened. Period. Anyway, I would start with this: nys dept of health nys dept of mental health fbi dept of justice distict attorneys office personel attorney one last point if larry made the call, which I donot believe he did, no matter what anyone says here, why did larry flee if he made a call for help???(this makes nosense) ???
Maribeth Siskind October 29, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Sincere condolences to the family of Lawrence Ports. May the circumstances surrounding his death be thoroughly investigated.
Joe November 02, 2013 at 09:15 AM
This story is exactly what is wrong with this rag of a website.

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