Lawyers for the family of a man who died after being restrained by a hospital staff member and then restrained by police say they are suing the hospital for the wrongful death.
The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma state court on Wednesday alleges that the Oklahoma City Police Department’s restraint policy “violated the state’s criminal negligence law and the public policy of Oklahoma.”
It also alleges that police used excessive force during the incident, which occurred in January.
A police report says the officers used a Taser on Kenneth Kiefer.
The report also says that Kiefers wife, Kathy, told a doctor that her husband had an injury on his neck and that she had tried to resuscitate him, but he wasn’t breathing.
The suit claims that officers then used a choke hold on Kiefering, and then used the Taser to subdue him.
The officers then placed him in the back of a police vehicle and took him to a hospital, where he died from injuries to his neck.
The Tulsa World reports that the lawsuit was filed in the Oklahoma Civil Rights Commission.
Police Chief Mike Williams was unavailable for comment on the lawsuit.
Tulsa police said that the department does not comment on pending litigation.
The family of Kenneth Kieder, who died from an apparent choke hold, says it is suing the police department for wrongful loss of life, and seeks unspecified damages.
In a statement, the Kieders said: “Our hearts go out to the family, friends and loved ones of Mr. Kiedermans family.
We also wish to express our deep appreciation for the work of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety in this matter.
We believe that the City of Tulsa is responsible for this tragic incident.”
The suit was filed Wednesday in the Oklahoman newspaper, Oklahoma City News, as well as on the state court website.
The Oklahomans claim that the officers who restrained Kiedercers family “violently and unnecessarily” restrained him.
It also claims that they violated his civil rights and violated his constitutional rights, and that the incident violated the Oklahoma Constitution and the Oklahoma Municipal Code.
The city of Tulsa has not responded to requests for comment.
Tulsa Police Chief Michael Williams told the Tulsa World that he is not aware of any disciplinary action against officers.
The incident began when a police sergeant was responding to a call for a person in distress, the newspaper reported.
Kiefermans wife told the newspaper that her father was suffering from a broken neck.
When he arrived at the hospital, he was told by the medical staff that he had a fractured neck.
Kidder told the paper that when he arrived in the hospital he told the doctor he was being restrained.
He was then taken to a police van where he was placed in a chokehold by the officers.
“They held him against his will and kept him there for more than two hours, while the doctors attempted to revive him,” the lawsuit said.
When the family tried to get an ambulance to take him to the hospital to be checked out, the police officers “used excessive force” and then proceeded to restrain him “in an effort to subvert his constitutional right to free speech,” the suit said.
The police department released a statement saying it is aware of the lawsuit and has no further comment at this time.
Tulsa Public Safety Commissioner Steve Young has said that he does not know of any discipline against officers or any actions taken by the department in the case.
A Tulsa police officer, Kevin Lewis, has been placed on administrative leave.
The state Attorney General’s Office said it will look into the matter and the officers involved.