Milwaukee prosecutors are investigating the death of a man outside a Hyatt as a homicide.
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Milwaukee prosecutors are investigating the death of a man outside a Hyatt as a homicide.

Milwaukee prosecutors are investigating the death of a man outside a Hyatt as a homicide.

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The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of D’Vontaye Mitchell, who died June 30 after being held face down by security guards outside the Hyatt Regency hotel, as a homicide.

Milwaukee civil rights attorney William Sulton met with members of the district attorney’s office Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office. Sulton was briefed on the “ongoing police investigation” and was able to review video footage and other evidence related to the investigation.

“Our office is investigating Mr. Mitchell’s death as a homicide,” the statement said. “We are currently awaiting, along with police investigators, the complete results of an autopsy conducted by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

A preliminary autopsy by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner determined Mitchell’s death was a homicide.

The final autopsy results will inform the ongoing police investigation and allow the District Attorney’s Office “to comprehensively evaluate the actions that led to Mr. Mitchell’s death from the perspective of potential criminal liability,” the statement said.

“All aspects of these actions, including Mr. Mitchell’s death and the use of force by hotel staff, will be closely examined,” the statement said.

The news comes two days after civil rights attorneys Ben Crump, Sulton and B’Ivory Lamarr called for charges against the guards and hours before a protest is planned outside the district attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon.

Mitchell, 43, died around 4 p.m. on June 30 after entering the women’s restroom at the Milwaukee hotel, 333 W. Kilbourn Ave. Crump said Mitchell was experiencing a mental health crisis, but no information has yet been released by the Milwaukee Police Department.

Security officers involved in Mitchell’s detention have been suspended, according to the Hyatt hotel.

This story will be updated.