Family, friends protest man's death after he dies in Ada police custody

ADA, Okla. (KXII) - Several friends and family members of 36-year-old Anthony Meely gathered outside Ada Police Department on Wednesday to demand action and answers.

Anthony Meely died while in custody Friday afternoon after a foot chase and fight with an Ada police officer.

New video shows two bystanders who offered to help the officer get on Anthony's legs and head.

When police tried to stand up Meely, he collapsed and became unresponsive.

Michael Washington, a political activist, who was one of the protesters said Meely was treated more harshly because he was African American.

"We are tired of this that every time we walk out the door some sweet mother or wife or someone has to hear 'Your husband was killed. Your son was shot down'," Washington said.

Ada police said Meely was not treated any different because of his race.

The family said he had a history of mental illness, including bipolar disorder, and that officers should get better training in recognizing when a person might be having a crisis.

"With this incident, I'm vowing to the family and everyone else listening in the viewing we're going to start going to the Oklahoma legislatures," Washington said. "If they don't act right, listen to me carefully, viewers, we're going to file a lawsuit for the flagrant and reckless regard of human life."

Meely's family said they are wondering why he was not given CPR when he became unresponsive.

Lisa Bratcher, public information director for the city, said officers have a basic first aid training that includes CPR but Meely did not require is once he became unresponsive.

"Anthony Meely was breathing and so there was no reason to perform CPR. He was breathing up until the time EMS loaded him into the ambulance," Bratcher said.

Ada police said they are still working to release more information as well as receive an official autopsy and toxicology report from the state medical examiner.

Meely's family members said they plan to gather on Thursday to collect their thoughts and discuss any further action.