Jury clears corrections officers in 2013 inmate death

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A federal jury has cleared six corrections officers of wrongdoing in a lawsuit filed over the 2013 death of an eastern Pennsylvania inmate.

Thirty-nine-year-old Alphie Herrera Sr. of Bethlehem died in February 2013 at the Lehigh County Jail in Allentown. The coroner said he had a seizure while being physically restrained in a chair.

The lawsuit filed by Herrera’s ex-wife, Carmen Rivera, alleged that he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment and denied crucial medical attention.

A jury on Friday said county jail officers didn’t deny Herrera treatment or use excessive force.

Defense attorney David MacMain said the guards “had a difficult job and tried their best to help Mr. Herrera.”

Rivera said “we wanted justice and justice wasn’t served.”

Prosecutors earlier said no criminal charges would be filed.

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