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Family says death not an accident

The family of a man who died after being held in the custody of Chicago police in 2012 says Philip Coleman's death wasn't accidental. 

His father, Percy Coleman, a former suburban Chicago police chief, and attorney Ed Fox say the younger Coleman was mentally ill and peaceful the night of the incident. 

Chicago officials released footage showing officers' interactions with the 38-year-old Coleman, who was accused of attacking his mother and taken into custody.  

The video shows six officers entering Coleman's cell. One uses a stun gun. An officer then drags Coleman out by his handcuffed wrists.

Officials say Coleman died at a hospital following a reaction to an anti-psychotic drug.

A police review board previously found the officers' actions justified. But the interim police superintendent says the matter is under investigation.

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