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Denver reaches settlement with mentally ill man's family

Michael Marshall, 50, died in 2015 after he was held face down on his stomach for several minutes and choked on his own vomit

Michael Marshall, 50, died in 2015 after he was held face down on his stomach for several minutes and choked on his own vomit

The family of a man who suffocated as Denver sheriff's deputies restrained him during a psychotic episode has reached a $4.6million settlement with the city.

Michael Marshall, 50, died in 2015 after he was held face down on his stomach for several minutes and choked on his own vomit. 

Deputies had restrained him because he became aggressive with another inmate and ignored commands. 

Marshall was originally arrested for trespassing and disturbing the peace at a motel. 

His family's suit claimed that he should not have been jailed in the first place due to his mental illness. 

Marshall's death also raised questions about the common police tactic of restraining someone in a prone position. 

The family claimed there was excessive force used on the 5'8', 112lb man.

In the surveillance video above Marshall is seen getting agitated. He reportedly was not responding to commands 

In the surveillance video above Marshall is seen getting agitated. He reportedly was not responding to commands 

He was restrained face down on his stomach. He asphyxiated on his own vomit

He was restrained face down on his stomach. He asphyxiated on his own vomit

Deputies are shown caring for Marshall after he asphyxiated. He died in the hospital later

Deputies are shown caring for Marshall after he asphyxiated. He died in the hospital later

An autopsy said the use of force contributed to Marshall's asphyxiation, though he also suffered a heart attack and had underlying heart problems. His death was ruled a homicide.

Three of the deputies were suspended following the incident.

'Uncle Michael will be missed by our family,' his niece Natalia Marshall said in a statement. 'We will never get to see him at family dinners and on holidays. Nothing can replace him. 

'We are glad that we can avoid several years of court battles to obtain justice,

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