The Norman Transcript

January 9, 2014

Lawsuit filed in death of man held by police

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The family of a man who died in Oklahoma City police custody after a police chase has filed a lawsuit against the city and two officers.

The suit was filed by Robin Howard’s family in Oklahoma County District Court. It alleges officers Jeff Coffey and Douglas Grady acted in reckless disregard for the welfare of Howard when they used force to attempt to subdue him after a police chase and foot pursuit on June 19, 2012.

The lawsuit claims Howard was struck in the chest, ribs and left arm and that medical personnel who were summoned were turned away even though Howard’s ribs were broken.

Prosecutors declined to file charges against the officers. A police department spokesman, Capt. Dexter Nelson, declined comment on the lawsuit.

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