The death of 14 year old Jerry McLaurin is unfortunately yet another case where deaths could have been avoided if everyone would have taken the time to learn about the dangerous nature of physical restraints.
What led to his death is not known. The area around the town of Brownwood house a number of facilities for minors in foster care and the newspapers from that period tell stories about several deaths in that area.
Are the laws of today good enough to prevent deaths caused by physical restraints? The last known death cause by restraint occured October 2009. Whether the epidemic of poor care is over remains to be seen.
Victims - 1990's (Fornits Home for Wayward Web Fora Wiki)
Isabelle Zehnder: Restraints that kill kids, blog by Isabelle Zehnder, January 12, 2007
A Texas toll: deaths attributed to restraintsAMERICAN-STATESMAN, May 18, 2003