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Lawsuit filed by family of man who died in police custody

Posted at 6:26 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 21:28:23-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) -- A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against National City over the death of a man who died in police custody.

The lawsuit, filed by the family of Earl McNeil, names National City as well as several officers and deputies.

McNeil showed up at the National City Police Department in 2018 seeking help.

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Police say he made threats and admitted he had drugs. McNeil died in jail from a heart attack. According to the medical examiner, McNeil had high levels of methamphetamine in his system when he died.

The lawsuit claims officers used excessive force and failed to give him proper medical care.

The family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages. 10News reached out to National City Police and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department but has yet to hear back.