YONKERS, NY — December 3, 2017 — Nancy Khader-Maldonado, mother of Jonathan Maldonado, will speak publicly for the first time regarding the death of her son Jonathan while he was in Greenburgh Police custody. Attending Nancy Khader-Maldonado will be the legal counsel team of Randolph M. McLaughlin, Esq., and Debra S. Cohen, Esq. They will speak before the Sinatra Funeral Home, located at 499 Yonkers Avenue, December 4th at 1pm before going inside for a private family viewing. Family members will express their feelings and concerns about the circumstances surrounding Jonathan’s death, their hope for a full and fair investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and their plea for more witnesses to come forward to share what they may have seen or heard during the incident that led to Mr. Maldonado’s death.
Mr. Maldonado was chased by a group of store employees from the parking lot of a Best Buy store on Central Avenue in Hartsdale, NY, and across Central Avenue just before 6:00 p.m. on November 29, 2017. Mr. Maldonado was allegedly tackled to the ground by store employees at Webb Field, near the corner of Central Avenue and Harvard Drive. Allegedly, when Greenburgh Police responded to the scene Mr. Maldonado was picked up and then slammed face down to the ground where two to three officers sat on his back and tasered him twice. According to one witness, Mr. Maldonado appeared lifeless when he was placed on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital.
According to attorney Randolph McLaughlin, who along with Debra Cohen of the law firm of Newman Ferrara LLP represents Mr. Maldonado’s family said: “It’s clear from the first statements put out by the Greenburgh Police Department that they want to place the blame squarely on Mr. Maldonado for causing his own death. However, the first witness accounts we are hearing tell a very different story of who shoulders that responsibility — the store employees who pursued him and the police who violently mishandled the situation.”
Randolph M. McLaughlin, Esq.
Debra Cohen, Esq.
Newman Ferrara LLP
1250 Broadway 27th Floor
New York, New York 10001