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Lansing Police Department facing civil lawsuit for alleged wrongful death

A Lansing police department car
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The family of a man who died in a jail last spring are suing the Lansing Police Department.

Court documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court say four LPD officers restrained 54-year-old Anthony Hulon at the city jail on April 11.

The suit claims Hulon was in a state of “excited delirium” while under the influence of methamphetamine.

A medical report found Hulon was under the influence of methamphetamine and ecstasy. He died after four officers held him down and cuffed his hands behind his back.

Plaintiff’s attorney Jennifer Damico says the case didn’t get much publicity at the time.

“No one protested. We didn’t know anything, really, about it until I got the medical examiner’s report and I got the autopsy, which said ‘cause of death, positional asphyxia,’ so that’s basically George Floyd suffocation," Damico said. "And then it said ‘manner of death: homicide.’”

The city of Lansing declined to comment.

State police investigated Hulon's death and sent a report to the attorney general's office. The investigation remains open.

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