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Rally held to demand charges in death of Corey Stingley

WEST ALLIS, WI (WTAQ) - Over 100 people gathered in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis Monday to demand criminal charges in the death of a high school football player.

Police said 16-year-old Corey Stingley died last December 29th, two weeks after he was restrained by shoppers who caught him taking merchandise from a food store.

Officers handcuffed Stingley, but removed the cuffs when they saw that he was not breathing.

Stingley was black. Some at Monday’s rally compared the death to that of Travon Martin, the black Florida teen shot by an Hispanic neighborhood watch captain. Defendant George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder last Saturday.

Milwaukee County prosecutors started a John Doe investigation this month into Stingley’s death. His family has said Stingley returned the items he took from VJ’s Food Mart, and the store clerk agreed not to call the police.