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New York wrongful death: NYPD officer who denied aid to girl identified

New York wrongful death attorney alert: NYPD officer who denied aid to dying asthmatic child identified as Alfonso Mendez.

Girl died after arriving at hospital.
New York wrongful death: NYPD officer who denied aid to girl identified

// West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Brooklyn, NY – On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, the New York City Police Department identified the officer accused of denying help to a child suffering from an asthma attack the previous Friday, as reported by NY1. The 11-year-old girl died after a bystander carried the suffering child to a hospital.

According to previous reports, Briana Ojeda was suffering from an asthma attack when her mother, driving the wrong way down a one-way street in attempts to save the child, was pulled over in Boerum Hill.

The officer told the woman he did not know CPR, and did little to help the situation, according to the girl’s mother and witnesses who were at the scene.

The girl died.

Briana’s aunt, Damarius Ojeda-Melendres, told the press, “He could have been a hero, but he chose to be a coward…If he did not know CPR, he could have provided an escort to the hospital that was just a short distance away.”

After the incident, the officer’s identity was unknown.

He has now been identified as Alfonso Mendez, 30, of the 84th Precinct. He is a five-year veteran of the force. Sources told the press he was suspended without pay for his failure to take proper police action.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said all NYPD officers are trained in CPR. Also, all officers have radios that can be used to call for ambulances.


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