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Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against City Over Man's Death in Police Custody

The judge ruled that the civil rights of a man who died in police custody were not violated on purpose.

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming the city of Peabody — and its police department — intentionally violated the civil rights of a man who died while in custody several years ago.

The Salem News has all the details on the judge's ruling and the background on the case.

John Lucia, 40, was found dead in an overnight holding cell at the Peabody Police Department on April 27, 2008.

Lucia was known to police as an alcoholic and an autopsy found he had methadone, opiates and cocaine in his system as well at the time of his death.

For the full story, including a detailed examination of the judge's reasons, please visit the Salem News.

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