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Berkeley sued over trans woman’s death during police struggle

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The city of Berkeley has been sued by the father of a transgender woman who died while struggling with police a year ago.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the federal civil rights lawsuit accuses officers of causing 41-year-old Kayla Moore’s death by using excessive force.

Moore lost consciousness after a struggle with officers at an apartment complex on Feb. 12, 2013.

In the suit, Arthur Moore says his daughter had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and that police restrained her with the “combined body weight of at least six officers,” which interfered with her ability to breathe.

The coroner determined that Moore’s cause of death was “acute combined drug intoxication” and that conditions that contributed to the death included obesity and an enlarged heart.

The city has not responded in court to the suit.

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