2 Key West officers disciplined in Michigan man’s death

Associated Press

Key West, Fla. — Two Key West police officers have been disciplined after a departmental internal review of the death of a Michigan man in police custody last year.

One will receive a five-day suspension without pay for actions including inappropriate remarks made to co-workers, relatives and the employees of a cupcake store about Charles Eimers’ death Dec. 4, 2013.

The other received a letter of reprimand for engaging in “an unauthorized vehicle pursuit” of Eimers.

Police Chief Donie Lee said the disciplinary actions announced last week concern policy issues that “had absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Eimers’ death.”

The Birch Run, Mich., man died at a hospital, still in custody almost a week after a traffic stop. Eimers’ family is suing the city and 12 officers in federal court for wrongful death.