Charles Alvarez

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct that Charles Alvarez died Feb. 7, 2015 at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth.

The family of Charles Alvarez, who died last year at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, has filed a federal lawsuit in Dallas, alleging he received improper medical care.

Alvarez, 25, died after he was taken to the Parker County Jail by a Weatherford police officer who found him collapsed in the street on Feb. 7, 2015.

An autopsy determined Alvarez died from internal complications, including internal bleeding, “multi-organ failure,” and heart failure.

Police believe Alvarez was assaulted shortly before an officer found him lying in the middle of the roadway in the 100 block of North Denton Street near several people and an SUV stopped in the street. 

At the Parker County Jail, Alvarez repeatedly complained of being unable to breathe for more than 20 minutes before an ambulance was called. 

Jail personnel began performing CPR on Alvarez when he became unresponsive seconds after an ambulance was requested. 

Though a Parker County grand jury declined to indict anyone in the death of Alvarez, Weatherford police obtained arrest warrants for 20-year-old Evan Gustin and 20-year-old Rachel Dover and arrested them on misdemeanor charges of assault. 

At the time of Alvarez’s arrest for alleged public intoxication, the county jail in Weatherford was operated by a private, New Jersey-based company, Community Education Centers Inc.

The federal lawsuit, filed by Alvarez’s parents, names CEC and seven unidentified CEC jail staffers as plaintiffs.