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Protesters gather at National City Council Meeting over custody death of Earl McNeil

Posted: 6:51 PM, Sep 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 01:51:16Z

NATIONAL CITY (KGTV) -- Activists and community members gathered in National City, again interrupting a City Council meeting to demand answers for the custody death of Earl McNeil.

A press conference was held in the park behind City Hall before the protest. McNeil died in June after being on life support for nearly two weeks.

Police say he used an emergency phone at the police station to call dispatch on May 26.

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Officers say he was incoherent and making threats, saying he had a controlled substance on him. Officers tried to handcuff McNeil, but say he was combative, so they put him in a restraint called a “wrap.”

He suffered a medical emergency and stopped breathing as he was being booked, police say. His family says that doesn’t explain the bruises on his face.

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Protestors have confronted the city council and police chief at the last four meetings, demanding the complete autopsy results and any body camera footage.

During the last meeting, police were armed with riot gear, though the protest turned out to be peaceful.