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$5 million paid over Mendocino County jail death

March 13, 2019 GMT

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — The brother of a man who died while being restrained at the Mendocino County Jail is settling a wrongful death lawsuit for $5 million.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa says the county, the Willits Police Department and a medical group that provided jail services settled the suit over the 2014 death of Steven Neuroth.

The family says Neuroth was a schizophrenic in crisis when he was arrested by Willits police. In a jail sobering cell, he was handcuffed and shackled and was held face-down. He went limp and died at a hospital.


The lawsuit contends Neuroth asphyxiated when jail deputies restrained him, although the coroner’s report concluded he died from methamphetamine toxicity associated with violent struggle.

Under the settlement, sheriff’s deputies and Willits police will receive crisis intervention training.