ABOVE PHOTO: COREY STINGLEY - Dead black thief
PHOTO: Craig Stingley (father of Corey Stingley) reads a statement in front of his house to local media about his piece of shit dead son Corey "5 Fingers Discount" Stingley
West Allis, WI - The father of a student ay Nathan Hale High School who died after being restrained for allegedly trying to shoplift at a convenience store said Friday that his son's civil rights were violated during the incident.
Corey Stingley, 16, already had returned the items he tried to steal and was assaulted by three customers as he tried to leave the store, Craig Stingley told reporters in front of his home.
The home is two blocks from VJ's Food Mart, 9206 W. Schlinger Ave., where the incident took place about 4 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Acting West Allis Police Chief Charles Padgett told the Journal Sentinel last week that three adult male customers were restraining Stingley when officers responding to a shoplifting call arrived at the store. Stingley reportedly had placed several alcohol items in a backpack, Padgett said.
The officers handcuffed the teen but removed the cuffs when they noticed he wasn't breathing, Padgett said.
After police and fire personnel revived him, Stingley was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where he was on life-support equipment until his death Dec. 29.
The three customers were taken into custody for questioning, and one was referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney's office on suspicion of causing injury, Padgett said. He said this week that the case was still under review.
As of Friday no charges had been filed in connection with Corey Stingley's death.
Friday, Craig Stingley said his son had returned the items he was trying to steal after being confronted by the store manager, a detail that Padgett indicated was true.
However, the elder Stingley, reading from a prepared statement, characterized the actions of the customers as an "assault" - during which his son was placed in a choke hold that resulted in brain damage, and which the store manager did nothing to stop, he said.
Craig Stingley would not answer questions from reporters Friday, and the store manager was unavailable for comment.
West Allis police are preventing the release of a Milwaukee County medical examiner's report on Corey Stingley's death.