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Family continues push for answers in death probe

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego family is continuing to push for answers in the death of a man who entered a National City police station seeking help but later ended up in a coma.

Family members said Earl McNeil was taken off life support on June 7, and he died at UC San Diego Medical Center Monday night.

On May 26, the 40-year-old entered the police station in search of help. Family members said he suffered from mental health problems.

While McNeil’s family still does not know exactly what happened at the police station, National City police officials said he began making paranoid, threatening and irrational statements while there. Officials said McNeil was agitated and told officers that he was in possession of a controlled substance.

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McNeil was then arrested and placed in a special restraining device in an effort to diffuse the situation.

In a statement, police officials said: “McNeil was transported to County Jail for processing. During the intake process with county jail staff, McNeil exhibit signs of medical distress and NCPD officers called for paramedics.”

Famiy members said they were told McNeil was taken to the hospital after suffering a heart attack. When they saw him at the hospital, they said he had bruises all over his forehead, had teeth missing, and had scars all over his face.

McNeil, according to his family, suffered brain and nerve damage that led to his placement in a coma.

Now, McNeil’s family is working with several community groups and calling on a San Diego County investigation into his death. They are also asking that National City police Chief Manuel Rodriguez resign.

Additionally, the family and the community groups “are demanding all reports, video/audio footage and the names of the officers involved be made public immediately from the National City Police Department and San Diego County Sheriff's Central Jail.”

A statement from the family and groups read: “The McNeil family and concerned community members are calling for justice for Earl McNeil. The FBI is launching an investigation into the death of Mr. McNeil at the hands of the National City Police Department. The family deserves answers to questions of how Mr. McNeil was treated and any officers responsible for mistreatment must be held accountable.“

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