Family of man who died in scuffle with cop files civil rights suit

The suit alleges that officers held the man down, collectively using excessive force as he lay in the prone position

By Barbara Boyer
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — The family of a Waterford Township man who died during a scuffle with police has filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging authorities and civilians caused the man's death while an officer attempted to make an illegal arrest.

Keith Briscoe's parents, Keith Robinson and Virgin Briscoe, allege in the federal lawsuit filed last month that their son was going through his usual routine when he stopped for a soda at the Winslow Township Wawa on May 3. Briscoe was treated for schizophrenia as an outpatient at the nearby Steininger Behavior Care Services.

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