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Parents sue customers who fatally restrained son at store

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The parents of a 16-year-old boy who died after being restrained by three customers at a suburban Milwaukee convenience store have filed a wrongful death lawsuit

Corey Stingley’s parents are suing the customers who held their son to the floor, the store clerk and the company that owns the store. The lawsuit filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court comes after prosecutors declined to file any criminal charges in the 2012 case. The Journal Sentinel reports the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Surveillance video from VJ’s Food Market in West Allis shows Stingley putting some alcohol into his backpack. Three customers confronted the teen when he tried to leave and tackled him. The clerk locked the doors and called the store’s owner, then police. Officers found the boy unresponsive. An autopsy showed the teen died of a lack of oxygen.

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