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Attorneys make specific claims in wrongful death lawsuit

The cause of the teen's death was ruled undetermined. (Source: WAFF) The cause of the teen's death was ruled undetermined. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

New information has been released about a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a teenager who died after Huntsville police officers arrested him during a drug sting. The cause of the teen's death was ruled undetermined.

The victim's family originally filed the suit back in March. Now their attorneys are making specific claims about the excessive force they said the officers used.

In the new filing, the victims family alleges HPD officers threw the 17-year-old to the ground, handcuffed him, and pepper sprayed even though the victim was not resisting arrest. The new filing also claims Huntsville police never completed an internal affairs investigation into the death of the teen. The suit said police believed the victim swallowed a bag of drugs and shoved a sharp object into the teen's throat to retrieve it. The victim's family said authorities never found a baggie.

The Huntsville city attorney didn't want to comment on the suit but did release the following statement to us, "Our Internal Affairs Division never suspends an investigation. They are an excellent group, with a thankless task, and it's their job to make sure officers follow policy."

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