1983 jail death listed in complaint to U.N.

A woman whose father died in police custody 26 years ago has helped file a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council against the U.S. Department of Justice for not prosecuting suspects in deaths of people in Chattanooga police custody.

Maxine Cousin's father Wadie Suttles died on Dec. 6, 1983. Official accounts said Mr. Suttles jumped from a bed at the Chattanooga City Jail and struck his head on the concrete floor, which caused brain swelling and later death.

But Mrs. Cousin said in her home Tuesday afternoon that medical reports and investigations show her father was beaten to death, which is why after years of court battles following the death she continues to petition for outside intervention.

PDF: Complaint letter

"People have to face responsibility for what they do," she said.

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