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Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Man’s Death While in Police Custody

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The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department have
been hit with a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a man who allegedly
died after falling out of a police wagon last weekend. The lawsuit claims that
the police department is responsible for the death of Antonio Dampier by
failing to properly secure him during transport.

 

According to the suit, Dampier was able to climb onto the
roof of the vehicle through an unsecured vent. He fell and landed on his head,
the suit said.

 

Dampier was arrested for a domestic disturbance after
violating an order of protection. The police wagon was not moving at the time
and Dampier was handcuffed during the fall. Authorities claim that the man was
trying to escape and fell during the process. The Cook County medical
examiner’s early report cited the cause of death as blunt head trauma.