Family of man who died in Stop & Shop altercation makes plea to community

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The family of a man who died in an altercation at a Flatbush grocery store last year is pleading for help from the community.

Employees thought Ralph Nimmons, 51, was shoplifting on April 14, 2018 at the Stop & Shop on Tilden Avenue. Family members say Nimmons was held down by store employees so aggressively that it caused his death.

The case was ruled a homicide more than a year ago. Nimmons' family is asking the public for help in finding witnesses and new video footage of the incident.

The district attorney's office confirmed with News 12 Monday that their key witness was deemed not credible. They also say that the store's surveillance video was inconclusive.

Nimmons' uncle and 19-year-old daughter say it is now up to anyone who was there and has not yet come forward to make themselves known to the DA's office or their lawyer. They are praying for some new information that could lead to justice.

A Stop & Shop spokesperson released a statement saying, "Stop & Shop has been advised by the District Attorney's Office that their investigation is now closed as there was insufficient evidence to establish criminal conduct on the part of our associates. Stop & Shop cooperated fully with law enforcement's thorough investigation of the unfortunate event that took place at our Flatbush store last year. We respect law enforcement's work and the District Attorney's decision."

No arrests have been made. The DA says the investigation is ongoing.

Nimmons' family says they will continue to push for justice. They hope someone will come forward and shed light on the case.

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