FOND DU LAC (WLUK) -- The same day Fond du Lac County's District Attorney announced that officers are not responsible for the death of a man who died in their custody, the man's family attorneys released a statement.
On December 23 last year, 37-year-old Christopher Cary died in the custody of Fond du Lac officers.
He had been pulled over for a traffic stop when he was arrested for potentially violating conditions of his bond.
Officials said Cary had been showing signs of medical distress when he was taken to the hospital.
That's where he later died.
Friday, Fond du Lac DA Eric Toney said 37-year-old Christopher Cary likely ingested a lethal level of cocaine just before his Dec. 23 arrest.
Now, attorney representing Cary's family have a statement.
While the DA's office says Cary died by his own hand, the family says Cary wasn't provided with the urgent medical attention he needed.
The family argues that Cary's death could have been prevented, and says they plan to file a federal lawsuit.
You can read the full statement from Cary's family below:
On December 23, 2018, Christopher Cary died during what should have been a routine traffic stop. Christopher did not die by his own hand, as District Attorney Toney would have you believe. Christopher died because he was illegally searched and detained for over an hour, and not provided urgent medical care. He never should have been in that situation in the first place, and he certainly should not have died because of it.
The official cause of Christopher’s death may have been ‘acute cocaine toxicity.’ But this does not excuse the fact that the Fond du Lac Police Department did not take seriously Christopher’s medical condition and failed to provide him the urgent medical care that he needed.
Christopher was entitled to Due Process of the Law, as every American is; instead, he was tried and convicted in the back seat of a police car. This sends a chilling message to all Fond du Lac residents that the police can arbitrarily stop you, detain you, and control whether you live or die.
Christopher leaves behind a loving family and three daughters, all of whom are grieving and deeply disturbed by the fact that his death could have been prevented. Christopher’s family intends to file a federal lawsuit to hold accountable those who caused Christopher’s untimely death.