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U.S. Justice Dept. agrees to investigate death of West Allis teen

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The father of a black Milwaukee area teen who died after a struggle with three white grocery store customers says the U.S. Justice Department has agreed to investigate.

Craig Stingley talked about his request for the investigation late Wednesday. By then, federal offices had closed for the day, and the request for the probe could not be confirmed.  

Stingley told reporters he went to the Justice Department before Milwaukee County D.A. John Chisholm decided last Friday not to file charges in the case. He said it was, "a national issue of no justice for African Americans."  

Stingley said he would not rule out his own lawsuit against the three men who restrained his son.

West Allis Police said 16-year-old Corey Stingley was grabbed by shoppers at V.J.'s Food Mart, after he tried shoplifting alcohol in mid-December of 2012. He died two weeks later from positional asphyxia, which experts say could be caused by physical restraint.  

Craig Stingley admitted that his son was trying to steal merchandise, and he was, "entitled to make a mistake like all of us." He said the responses of the three white men went beyond restraint.  

In Stingley's words, "This was murder."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)