Dwayne Pritchett Died After Being Put In Handcuffs in Police Custody At Bronx Apartment In Kingsbridge Heights
BRONX, NEW YORK (January 29, 2018) – A 48-year-old man has tragically died after he was arrested and handcuffed following a phone call to the police department.
Bronx police have been able to identify the man that died as Dwayne Pritchett. A relative of Dwayne Pritchett called police after he was having a mental health crisis.
Dwayne Pritchett was placed in handcuffs and taken into police custody. At some point the victim lost consciousness and rushed to the hospital to receive treatment for a possible drug overdose.
Unfortunately, he was later pronounced dead at the New York Presbyterian The Allen Hospital in Upper Manhattan.
LIABILITY IN DEATHS WHILE A SUSPECT IS IN POLICE CUSTODY
The police have a responsibility to provide suspects in their custody with due care. If a suspect is potentially overdosing while in police custody, officers can’t just wait around and do nothing. Steps must be taken in order to preserve the well being of the suspect. If officers wait too long and this causes a person to be injured or die, the police department may be liable. The victim of the family may be able to file a claim for damages.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic death of Dwayne Pritchett at his apartment in the Bronx. We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family as they continue to grieve such an incredible loss. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of the police officers involved in this incident. Every suspect deserves due process and can’t simply be overlooked if they are going through a medical emergency.
If someone that you love has died while in police custody, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.