U.S. Department of Justice issues statement in Corey Stingley case

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The U.S. Department of Justice on Saturday, January 18th responded to claims that the outcome in the Corey Stingley case is a possible civil rights violation.

The DOJ says it needs more information in order to rule the case a civil rights matter noting that information provided was insufficient to determine the existence of possible federal criminal civil rights violations.

The DOJ also said civil rights matters include acts involving racial or religious violence, misconduct by local and federal law enforcement officials, violation of peonage and involuntary servitude statues and violence against reproductive health care facilities.

Stingley is the 16-year-old who died after being restrained by three customers inside a West Allis food mart in 2012.

District Attorney John Chisholm did not issue charges in the case saying there was no evidence the men knew their actions would result in Stingley's death.

The Department of Justice will review the matter to determine if a federal investigation is warranted and says Chisholm will cooperate fully with any federal review of the matter.

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