Monday, September 15, 2014

Family of man who died in custody sues Key West

Family of Michigan man who died at hospital in police custody sues city of Key West
Posted on April 12, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The family of a Michigan man who died at a hospital while in police custody has sued the city of Key West in federal court, claiming excessive force killed the unarmed man and that officers conspired to cover up the death.

The lawsuit filed Friday says Charles Eimers of Birch Run, Mich., died “in a horrifying way” and names 12 officers connected to the case. A state investigation into Eimers’ Dec. 4 death is pending, and the medical examiner’s final autopsy report has not been released.

Attorney Darren Horan tells The Key West Citizen ( ) that Eimers’ family want answers to unresolved questions about his death almost a week after a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop.

City Attorney Shawn Smith said he could not comment on pending litigation.

Information from: The Key West (Fla.) Citizen,

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