NY AG: No charges against Greenburgh PD in 2017 death of Jonathon Maldonado
The New York Attorney General's Office has decided not to criminally prosecute Greenburgh police officers in connection to the death of Jonathan Maldonado, much to the disappointment of his family.
The incident occurred on Nov. 29, 2017 after Greenburgh police officers responded to a shoplifting report at a store on Central Avenue. Jonathon Maldonado, 21, was Tased, slammed to the ground and went unconscious while being detained by officers.
Police say Maldonado ingested several packets of an undisclosed substance before he was apprehended. An autopsy report identified a toxic mix of fentanyl and heroin as his cause of death.
Maldonado's family attorneys argue police used excessive force and failed to start CPR for several minutes after he fell unconscious.
The family says they amassed significant evidence that contradicts the police version of the facts that the attorney general failed to include in its report.
"We've uncovered massive evidence that suggests there was serious wrongdoing here on the part of the Greenburgh Police Department," said attorney Randolph McLaughlin.
The AG's office did however issue a report with recommendations regarding Taser use policy and training regarding Tasers.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he agrees with the attorney general's findings.
"Our internal investigation found that the police did nothing wrong," Feiner said.
The Greenburgh Police Department told News 12 that it fully cooperated with the investigation and it will review the office's findings.
The Maldonado family has filed a $20 million civil lawsuit against the Town of Greenburgh and the police department.