DEARBORN, Mich. - Police will not press shoplifting charges against the three companions of a black man whose death outside a shopping center sparked protests.
Chief Ron Deziel said Friday the decision was made despite store surveillance videotapes that he said pointed to shoplifting by the man's common-law wife and two children with them.
''Because this case has received so much publicity ... I think we would be severely criticized if we brought charges,'' Deziel said.
The June 22 death of Frederick Finley sparked accusations of racial profiling and a protest outside the Lord & Taylor store. Finley, 32, died after he was subdued by store security guards investigating the alleged shoplifting.
A part-time guard, also black, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Activists accuse the store of having black security workers scrutinize minority shoppers to avoid the appearance of discrimination. A spokeswoman for the store has declined to comment.
Geoffrey Fieger, the attorney for Finley's family, could not be reached for comment.