Civil trial against city of Dallas, 4 Dallas police officers gets underway in federal court

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The long-awaited civil trial against the city of Dallas and four Dallas police officers gets underway in federal court Monday morning.

The family of Tony Timpa is suing Dallas and the Dallas Police over his August 10, 2016 death.

Timpa had been at convenience store on West Mockingbird near Harry Hines Blvd when he called 9-1-1 for help. He told the operator he had been doing cocaine and was off his medication for schizophrenia.

Reports show a security guard had detained Timpa. And when Dallas police got there they pinned him to the ground for nearly 15 minutes before he was put into an ambulance.

Timpa died on the way to the hospital. An autopsy ruled the death a homicide, not due directly to the drugs, rather a combinaton of the drugs and the stress from the struggle while he was in police custody.

The family is seeking unspecified damages.

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