Family of Spring Valley mother who died in custody cites possible police ‘missteps’
The family of a Spring Valley mother who died at the hands of police last weekend is speaking out for the first time.
Tina Davis, 53, died after going into cardiac arrest moments after Spring Valley authorities used a Taser on her.
The incident occurred outside of the Hillview Apartments on Fred Hecht Drive on Jan. 4.
Police say a Taser was used on Davis because she resisted arrest and gripped an officer’s neck after intimidating residents and smashing car windshields.
"I'm not going to blame police because they could have shot her if they meant her harm. So, I don't think they really meant harm. However, I do think they made missteps," says the victim’s brother, Lennie Rodgers.
Davis’ family says she did have a history of drug abuse and mental illness, but everyone in the community knew her, including police.
“They knew her history. And then if she was unconscious, when you break a person from an unconscious state, they usually are frantic. You don't Tase them,” says Rodgers.
Davis’ brother also shared that Spring Valley police have yet to contact the family to tell them what happened or even offer their condolences.
The family has hired attorney Vince Sykes and an investigator to determine if there are grounds to file a civil lawsuit against police or other parties.
Sykes says Davis’ two teenage children were banned by security from visiting their mother at Good Samaritan Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
“They're devastated. They were shocked. They were shocked in finding out about what happened, and they were shocked in the way they were treated when they actually wanted to go see their mom as she lay there dying,” says Sykes.
News 12 is told the family could file a civil lawsuit, potentially against Spring Valley police, pending their investigation. In the meantime, the state attorney general is also investigating the 53-year-old’s death.