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Private Autopsy In Movie Theater Death Puts Cause As Asphyxia

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The family of a man who died after a struggle with police outside a movie theater says a private autopsy they had conducted came up with a different cause of death than the state medical examiner's office.

The family of 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez said Tuesday they are calling for the Justice Department to investigate the death that occurred outside a Moore theater after their autopsy found that Rodriguez died of asphyxia. The state medical examiner had earlier released findings that showed Rodriguez died of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and an underlying heart condition.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn had earlier said the officers involved in the incident won't face charges. Mashburn says Rodriguez's physical health caused his death, not the actions of police and security guards.

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