Prosecutor: No charges against security guards after man's death in suburban Detroit mall


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SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — A prosecutor won't file charges against security guards in the death of an unarmed 25-year-old man during a struggle at a suburban Detroit shopping mall.

Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Thursday that an investigation found the guards didn't intend to injure McKenzie Cochran.

At least three guards pepper-sprayed and restrained Cochran on Jan. 28 at Northland Mall in Southfield after a shop owner reported being threatened.

An autopsy report says Cochran died of position compression asphyxia and classifies it as an accident.

Cochran family lawyer Gerald Thurswell says relatives "are devastated ... very upset somebody is not going to be held accountable in the criminal justice system."

The family has filed a civil lawsuit against the guards, their employers and the mall's owner.

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