Target: Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni
Goal: Uncover the truth about alleged police negligence during the death of Springfield man who suffered an aneurysm while in police custody.
The family of Jerry Bradley, who died of an aneurysm while in police custody, is demanding answers from the Springfield Police Department. Alleged police negligence has been brought to light following the release of the department’s 36-page internal investigation. Though police claim they had no knowledge of a previous health condition nor of Bradley’s declining health while in custody, the Springfield Police Department’s internal investigation includes contradicting information regarding this claim.
Many inmates who were interviewed, for example, have stated that they could hear Bradley calling for help and that he was told he would receive attention but never did. It is up to police officers to look after the health of those in jail no matter the circumstances. Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni needs to conduct a full and probing investigation into allegations of police negligence surrounding this tragic event.
The 57-year-old Bradley, who was arrested for failing to pay a fine from the previous year, was being held in a jail cell over the weekend in preparation for a court hearing on Monday. Inmates who were present at the time of his death recall that Bradley was yelling out to officers about feeling sick and increasingly feverish. They say that Bradley was assured by an officer that his concerns would be tended to following the officer’s rounds. This promise was never fulfilled. That two officers were suspended at the conclusion of the department’s internal investigation only suggests that there is truth to these claims made by Bradley’s fellow inmates.
Police are supposed to protect and serve their people. Locking them up for unpaid fines and then allegedly failing to care for them during a health crisis certainly does not measure up to those obligations. By signing below, you can help urge District Attorney Gulluni to investigate not only the medical facts of Bradley’s death, but also the allegations of police negligence that surround it.
Dear District Attorney Gulluni,
Allegations of police negligence surrounding the death of Jerry Bradley are deeply troubling. The conflicting claims by officers and inmates who were present at the time of Bradley’s death paint a picture of a health crisis that could have been averted with proper police conduct. It is up to police officers to care for inmates while in jail. Failing to do so is an egregious affront to both the integrity of the Springfield Police Department and the human dignity of those who are jailed.
The statements made by inmates who heard Bradley calling for help need to be taken seriously in your investigation. It would ultimately be naive to assume that police officers had no knowledge of Bradley’s deteriorating health simply because they say they did not. I urge you to investigate not only the medical facts of Bradley’s death, but also the allegations of police negligence that surround it.
[Your Name Here]
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