Death of man in Key West police custody ruled 'accidental'

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida Keys medical examiner has concluded that the death of a Michigan man at a hospital while in police custody was accidental.

According to an autopsy in Monroe County, Charles Eimers of Birch Run, Michigan, had a heart condition. Eimers died six days after an altercation Nov. 28 with Key West police during a traffic stop.

In an autopsy report obtained last week by The Key West Citizen, Dr. E. Hunt Scheuerman wrote that Eimers was "at risk for sudden death, at any time."

Scheuerman's report also notes that a state investigation "did not reveal any use of deadly force."

A grand jury will meet in July to consider whether the officers involved should face criminal charges. Eimers' family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

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