The Latest: Lawyer says 4 deputies restrained slender inmate

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Posted: Jan 21, 2016 6:19 PM

DENVER (AP) — The latest on prosecutors' decision not to file charges against Denver sheriff's deputies in the death of a black, homeless inmate (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

An attorney for the family of an inmate who died in the Denver jail says a video released by the city shows four deputies holding the inmate on the ground for up to 15 minutes.

Darold Killmer said Thursday that the inmate, Michael Marshall, was only 5-foot-4 and weighed 112 pounds, while one of the deputies restraining him appeared to weigh about 200 pounds.

Killmer says Marshall had been sitting on a bench but stood up, and a deputy put a hand against him. Killmer says the video had no sound, but the deputy was apparently telling Marshall to sit back down.

Killmer says Marshall didn't immediately sit down, and the deputy pushed him to the bench, then onto the ground, where three other deputies joined in restraining Marshall. Killmer says the video shows deputies were applying weight to the middle of Marshall's back.

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3:40 p.m.

An attorney for the family of an inmate who died in a Denver jail is calling for a federal investigation after local prosecutors declined to file charges against the deputies involved.

Darold Killmer said Thursday the decision not to prosecute anyone in the death of 50-year-old Michael Marshall was "an outrage."

Marshall suffocated Nov. 11 while deputies restrained him while he had a psychotic episode.

District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said earlier Thursday the deputies used necessary force and weren't trying to hurt him.

But Killmer said a jail videotape of the incident released Thursday showed it was an "aggressive, excessively forceful response."

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The story has been corrected to show the spelling of Darold Killmer's last name.