Attorney General Adopted The Police Version Of The Facts And Failed To Take Into Account The Testimony Of Several Civilian Witnesses And Video Contradicting The Police.
NEW YORK, NY — October 11, 2019 — After an almost two-year investigation into the death of 21-year old Jonathan Maldonado during an encounter with Greenburgh Police Officers on November 29, 2017, the New York State Attorney General’s Office has issued a report of the officers’ actions but declined to bring criminal charges against them. While the AG did not bring criminal charges, the report issued recommendations regarding the taser use policy and training regarding tasers. The NYAG conducted the investigation pursuant to a 2015 Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo appointing the New York Attorney General as a special prosecutor in matters relating to unarmed civilians suffering use of force by law enforcement officers. The family is disappointed with the AG’s decision not to bring criminal charges, but is shocked that the report relies solely on self-serving statements of the police officers who allegedly caused or contributed to the death of Mr. Maldonado. Attorney Debra Cohen stated, “Through our investigation, we have already amassed significant evidence that contradicts the police version of the facts, but the AG inexplicably failed to include those facts in its report.”
Jonathan Maldonado went into cardiac arrest after he was pushed to the ground and tasered by Greenburgh police officers who were responding to a shoplifting complaint from a nearby store. Police failed to start CPR for several minutes, instead repeatedly injecting Mr. Maldonado with NARCAN because they believed his condition was caused by a drug overdose. Mr. Maldonado never regained consciousness and was declared dead after he was transported to a hospital after more than twenty minutes at the scene.
Mr. Maldonado’s mother has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against three Greenburgh Police Officers, a lieutenant and the Town. The attorneys handling the case are Debra Cohen and Randolph McLaughlin, co-chairs of the Civil Rights Practice Group at Newman Ferrara LLP. Attorney McLaughlin stated that “Through the federal lawsuit we will continue the search for the truth as to how and why Jonathan died during his encounter with the Greenburgh Police Officers.”
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Press Release: Debra Cohen and Randolph McLaughlin, co-chairs of the Civil Rights PracticeGroup of Newman Ferreira LLP