Alabama

Man Accuses Police of Staging Son's Suicide

Says cops are trying to cover up a brutal beating

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MOBILE, Alabama — The father of an Alabama man who died in police custody says in a new federal lawsuit that officers "staged" his suicide to cover up what they describe as a brutal beating by officers while he was handcuffed and on his knees.

In the lawsuit filed this week, Framon Weaver Sr. says Mount Vernon police officers used a stun gun during the beating of his son, Framon Weaver Jr., who had been arrested Dec. 17, 2010 on public intoxication charges with his girlfriend, Monica Griffin.