Press Conference With the Family of Jonathan Maldonado Who Died on November 29th While In the Custody of Greenburgh Police

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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

eHeziPress Conference With the Family of Jonathan Maldonado Who Died on November 29th While In the Custody of Greenburgh Police

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  1. Looked up Best Buy policy and guidelines. It’s against best buy policy to attempt to stop a shop lifters, employees are aware they will be fired for stopping anyone. They are not the Police. They must call the police, and show the crime on cameras inside and outside their store. Why did they run after Jonathan, why did they subdue him in a way to cause asphyxiation. Did the employees who told police he swallowed something, force him to injest something? Get a hold of Best buys policy and guidelines Khader family. Sue them federally and file a federal law suit on the use of tasers as well. Would love to file a Qui Tam on that one and donate every cent to fighting injustices!

  2. Bottom line a torture device was used on Jonathan. I do not buy the bullsh*t story that he swallowed anything (as per Best buy employees before police got there, the cowards from best buy had him pinned known as positional asphyxiation, why taser him?) It is a known fact that Police have killed more than 1,000 people with Tasers since 2000 Tasers subject their victims to a 50,000 volt shock followed by 100 microsecond pulses of 1,200 volts.  Jonathan was tortured, that’s the reality of this tragedy.
    The new evidence that Tasers can cause cardiac arrest and death, coupled with the disturbing trend of officers using Tasers in flagrantly unnecessary situations such as in Jonathan’s case, makes it all the more troubling that our towns, city and villages do not uniformly or consistently govern or regulate officers’ use of Tasers. Time for Jonathan Maldonado law to be written (would love to help so that even officers are protected). It is a known fact that taser policies vary greatly between police departments, often leading to vague, outdated and inaccurate guidelines that result in misunderstanding about the misuse of these lethal weapons. YES, lethal weapon!

    “Tasers and other high-voltage stun devices can cause cardiac arrhythmia in healthy and susceptible subjects, leading to heart attack or death in minutes by ventricular fibrillation, which leads to cardiac arrest and—if not treated immediately—to sudden death.” Hence, what happened to Jonathan. Like his mom stated today, her son may not have been perfect, but he was HERS, and he did not deserve to die. In my opinion, Jonathan was PERFECT regardless. GIANT HUGS to the Khader family as you fight on for JUSTICE. Wish I could have attended the wake, to hug you all, but I cannot bare to see phony/insincere politicians and people who will attend just to show face because Mike won. It’s repulsive. Sending my sincere prayers and love from afar. Fight on, and never give up!

  3. So what about those packets containing unknown substance that he allegedly swallowed? Drugs? PD spins it one way, familys lawyers spin it another way. Let’s wait and see

    Now onto the police. Typical thuggish use of excessive force. Anytime an unarmed civilian dies in police custody it’s always the fault of the police. Always. If they weren’t dead when you were arresting them then they should still be breathing after you’ve cuffed them.

    The takeaway?

    1 Don’t steal or attempt to steal and don’t carry illegal substances on your person if you’re intending to commit a crime.

    2 Stay far far away from the police. Limit contact with the police as much as possible. There’s a good chance that you will be beaten or killed.

    3 Tasers need to be outlawed.

    4 If this kid was black or hispanic and had no connection with the Khaders no one would care. Tells you something about our society.


  4. Comment made was expunged by Editor. It is not yet clear whether any of the allegations you asserted herein to have brought about the demise of the young man are real or concocted. So while your assertions may be correct, they are yet to be proven. When circumstances that led to this tragedy are reconstructed your perspective, should it be proven to be on target will be permitted public consumption. until then, I cannot in. Good conscience permit speculation without even one iota of fact.

    You may want to note, even if yet to be divulged on the Yonkers Tribune, that there are more than one scenarios that have some traction. Even they, lacking evidence will not be permitted. Those who have a perspective prior to conclusive evidence are welcome to send their letter to the editor and corroborate their assertion, but only if credible and written and proven to be who they claim to be.

    I should expect you would agree.



  5. I send my deep condolences, To Nancy and Freddy on the loss of their son , I keep you and your family in my prayer🙏 rip Jonathan

  6. I believe this account. My heart breaks for this family. Everything tells me that excess force was used and people need to be held accountable. Justice is hard to get but I hope they get it. How dare they kill someone for “IF” it were true shoplifting. My deepest condolences to the Maldonado and Khader family.

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