Judge dismisses lawsuit against Milan by family

MILAN, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Milan has dismissed a lawsuit against the city by the family of a man who died in custody.

The family of Germaine Ward filed suit over Ward's death of four years ago, claiming police didn't follow proper procedure after Ward ingested drugs. A coroner's report showed the cause of Ward's death was cocaine toxicity.

The Jackson Sun reported city attorney Michael Hill argued Thursday that police who stopped Ward's car smelled marijuana and believed that's what Ward had in his mouth. The family's lawyer, Stephen Leffler, told the court police should have gotten Ward immediate medical attention.

Ward was found passed out in a jail cell and taken to a hospital, where he later died.

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