“The family also wants to raise awareness for other families,” said Frances Crockett Carpenter, one of the attorneys representing the white family. “This is happening, it keeps happening and they want APD to be held accountable.”
Frances Crockett Carpenter is one of a group of attorneys who are currently representing the family of Danny White in a false claim against the APD, the City of Albuquerque and related officers and employees.
She said prior to that reply in April, White was already known to the set. He has a neurological condition, Huntington’s disease.
According to the documents, on April 4, his family appealed for help – specifically from an officer trained in crisis intervention.
“Every employee receives basic CIT training, but basic CIT training, as evidenced by these officers’ interactions with Mr. White, is not sufficient to educate them,” said Crockett Carpenter. ‘ said Crockett Carpenter.
According to the documents, the responders escalated the interaction, eventually placing White on his stomach on handcuffs. He panted and asked the officers to “stop,” according to court documents.
“What OMI came up with was that Danny White, 43, died of sudden cardiac arrest while locating and apprehending and restraining his stomach,” said Crockett Carpenter. “We do not believe that the use of any force against Danny, on that date, was necessary.”
Now, she said, the family is facing an unwarranted tragedy, accusing the APD and the city of “systematically depriving them of their constitutional civil liberties.”
The APD said an officer was found to have violated policy in this case and received policy education as a result. The spokesperson said there have not been any disciplinary or other policy violations, nor have they been held criminally responsible.
As for the lawsuit, the city will answer in court.
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