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Mother of 24-Year-Old Found Dead Inside Rikers Files $100M Claim Notice

Mother of 24-Year-Old Found Dead Inside Rikers Files $100M Claim Notice

- New York Law Journal
The mother of a 24-year-old man who was found dead inside a Rikers Island jail building has filed a $100 million claim notice alleging that Rikers staff for two days “disregarded and ignored” her son’s pleas for medical help.
The mother’s lawyer expects the litigation will involve broad civil rights issues and will include a wrongful-death claim, among numerous other causes of action, unless a settlement is first reached with New York City.
“He suffered...

Rittenhouse trial, Ahmaud Arbery killing: latest developments

Rittenhouse trial, Ahmaud Arbery killing: latest developments

- LiveNow from FOX
Closing arguments in the Rittenhouse Trial are scheduled for Monday. Criminal defense attorney Jaime Santana speaks with LiveNOW on Rittenhouse developments, and the latest in the murder trial of Ahmaud Arbery, including a defense attorney asking the judge to limit black pastors in the courtroom.
Transcript FOX HOST (FH): …Rittenhouse trial. Rittenhouse facing six charges, including intentional homicide. Joining us now live is Jaime Santana, criminal defense attorney in the...

Black Man Files Lawsuit Against Missouri Police Over 2018 Shooting

Black Man Files Lawsuit Against Missouri Police Over 2018 Shooting

- Black Star News
Trey Cockrell and his attorney Jaime Santana (author of upcoming "When Bad Cops Happen to Good People") filed a Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit in Missouri Wednesday.

In Nov. 2018 Mr. Cockrell, an African American, was the passenger in his girlfriend’s car. Police pulled them over, officers went each side of car got their IDs and were checking them out.
Trey left the car and ran into the adjacent woods. Police, including one with a history of complaints, take...

‘I Just Want to Be Normal’: A Mentally Ill Man’s Death at Rikers

‘I Just Want to Be Normal’: A Mentally Ill Man’s Death at Rikers

- New York Times
When Esias Johnson moved to New York from his hometown in 2019, chasing dreams of musical stardom, his parents were terrified.
Mr. Johnson, then 21, had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as a child and suffered from mental illness for much of his young life, failing to fit in and eventually getting into trouble with the law. His family feared that a city full of strangers who could not understand his struggles might swallow him.
But what happened was far worse than what...

Rikers prisoner dies after NYC jailers wouldn’t take him to court, refused $1 bail payment — ‘They didn’t listen,’ says anguished mom

Rikers prisoner dies after NYC jailers wouldn’t take him to court, refused $1 bail payment — ‘They didn’t listen,’ says anguished mom

- New York Daily News
Jailed awaiting court dates on a series of misdemeanor charges, Esias Johnson told his family he saw no way out of Rikers Island — partly because his jailers would not get him to court hearings, and partly because they saw no way he could pay his $1 bail.
Johnson, 24, was found dead Tuesday at Rikers from what sources described as a possible drug overdose. His death is raising questions about why he had languished there since Aug. 7.
“He had been talking about the court...

Derek Chauvin trial: What we know so far

Derek Chauvin trial: What we know so far

- FOX NewsNOW
Attorneys will continue to question potential jurors until they've seated 12, with two alternates. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges in floyd's death. NewsNOW from FOX's Rain Augustine speaks with Civil Rights attorney, Jaime Santana on what we know so far, and what we can expect as juror selection continues.