Justice for Man Denied Life-Saving CPR by NYPD

Target: Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York

Goal: Punish NYPD officers who refused to perform CPR on a dying man.

A man suffering from an asthma attack died after New York Police Department officers refused to perform CPR. According to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man’s family, Barrington Williams was handcuffed and allowed to lay unconscious for ten minutes before receiving any form of assistance.

Williams was accused of illegally reselling subway fare cards and was tackled and handcuffed by NYPD officers after a brief chase. Williams informed the officers that he was suffering from an asthma attack, and began frothing at the mouth and urinated on himself before eventually slipping into unconsciousness. Despite the man’s clear need for medical assistance, the responding officers did nothing.

Ten minutes later, a medic arrived and performed CPR, but it was too late; Williams had already entered cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead at Lincoln Medical Center.

Though Williams was in violation of the law, the punishment for such a minor crime should not be death. He deserved a fair trial, not a painful death on a city sidewalk. Sign the petition below and demand that these negligent officers be held accountable for their actions.


Dear Mr. Schneiderman,

I am writing to call your attention to the recent death of Barrington Williams. Handcuffed by NYPD officers, Williams suffered an asthma attack and slipped into unconsciousness. Despite his obvious need for medical attention, Williams lay ignored in the street for ten minutes before a responding medic performed CPR.

Such negligence cannot go unpunished. Had the responding officers taken action and helped Williams, he would still be alive today. Please investigate this matter and, if necessary, hold the responding officers accountable for their failure to help a citizen in need.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Julius Schorzman

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