RENO, Nev. — The family of a man who died after being bound by authorities in a hogtied position has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

It is the third wrongful death claim against the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in the past two years.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported (http://on.rgj.com/2t8eHbQ ) Thursday that the lawsuit was filed by the father of Thomas Purdy, who died in October 2015.

Purdy stopped breathing in a cell at the Washoe County jail after a struggle with Peppermill Resort Hotel security guards and Reno police officers, who arrested him on trespassing charges. Purdy continued to struggle against deputies who tried to remove his restraints once he arrived at the jail.

An investigation by Sparks police found no criminal wrongdoing.

The hotel and Reno Police Department are also listed in the lawsuit.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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