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Family of man who died in police custody files lawsuit against Springfield Township police

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Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 18:32:17-04

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Another Northeast Ohio police department is under fire tonight over allegations of excessive force.

Ryan Angerstien died in police custody almost exactly two years ago.

A federal lawsuit was just filed that alleges Springfield Township police improperly restrained him and denied him medical care while he was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Body camera video captured by an officer shows Angerstien being restrained. Attorneys say he was in the midst of a mental health crisis

The federal lawsuit filed today by his family alleges officers used excessive force when they tasered him and got on top of him during the incident in June of 2018.

It also alleges Angerstien was denied critical medical care.

Paul Cristallo, the attorney representing Angerstien’s family says Ryan was already dead by the time help arrived and that “Ryan’s death was an inhumane tragedy which could have been avoided.”

News 5 has reached out to the Springfield Township Police Department for comment.

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