$10M lawsuit filed by family over death of man in Neshoba County jail

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The family of a man who died while in custody at the Neshoba County Jail in 2014 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The suit alleges Michael McDougle was beaten and was refused medical treatment.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, seeks $10 million in damages. Defendants are the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department, Philadelphia Police Department and its officers.

The lawsuit, which represents only one side of the legal argument, alleges eyewitnesses saw the beating and use of a stun gun on McDougle while he was handcuffed.

At the time, Philadelphia police said McDougle was arrested after officers responded to a burglary. He was also charged with resisting arrest. Sheriff Tommy Waddell says McDougle was found dead the next morning, Nov. 2, 2014, in his cell.

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