- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A prosecutor won’t file charges against security guards in the death of an unarmed 25-year-old man during a struggle at a suburban Detroit shopping mall.

Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Thursday that an investigation found the guards didn’t intend to injure McKenzie Cochran.

At least three guards pepper-sprayed and restrained Cochran on Jan. 28 at Northland Mall in Southfield after a shop owner reported being threatened.

An autopsy report says Cochran died of position compression asphyxia and classifies it as an accident.

Cochran family lawyer Gerald Thurswell says relatives “are devastated … very upset somebody is not going to be held accountable in the criminal justice system.”

The family has filed a civil lawsuit against the guards, their employers and the mall’s owner.

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