Posted By Eugene Bruno & Associates Posted in: Wrongful Death.
There are many ways in which the careless or negligent actions of another person can cause harm or even death. Today, we want to talk to you about the case of a woman who died in police custody last year. At the Eugene Bruno & Associates, we are here to help if you suspect your loved one’s death was caused by another person’s reckless or intentional act. Let our San Diego wrongful death lawyer get to work investigating so we can secure the compensation you need today.
We have learned that the son of a woman who died last year while in police custody has filed a legal claim against the City and County of San Diego. A claim is a precursor to a potential wrongful death lawsuit.
The claim says that police officers ignored Aleah Mariah Jenkins’ pleas for help after she had been arrested. Jenkins, 24, was in a vehicle that was pulled over on November 27, 2018, on La Jolla Village Drive. Police say they found small baggies of drugs next to her and arrested her. Jenkins was placed in a police cruiser.
The claim states that Jenkins was taken to police headquarters where, according to bodycam footage obtained by the media, Jenkins began crying for help. The officer pulled over to check on her but decided to continue to the station. By the time they arrived, Jenkins was unconscious in the backseat.
The medical examiner listed the cause of death as accidental, caused by a lethal dose of methamphetamine and lack of oxygen to the brain.
Jenkins’ child says that officers “ignored numerous signs that she required immediate medical assistance despite obvious and clear symptomology.”
We will have to wait and see how this case plays out, and it will likely be complex. Most wrongful death cases are. However, that does not mean that families should do nothing if they have lost a loved one due to the careless or negligent actions of another person. Wrongful death cases arise in various ways and commonly involve:
You should never have to experience the loss of a loved one due to another person’s careless or negligent actions. However, when you need help, the Eugene Bruno & Associates are ready to be by your side. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team get to work investigating your case today so we can secure the compensation you deserve, including: