Daily Archives: January 30, 2011

New York Police Department to be sued over alleged wrongful death case during traffic stop

The New York Police Department (NYPD) will soon have a wrongful death lawsuit being filed against it, filed by the wife of a man who died during a routine traffic stop. The case began when police in the Queens borough of New York City stopped an elderly couple to issue the wife a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. The woman did not have identification with her at the time of the incident so her husband walked the half mile to their house to get the ID. He then walked back to the scene but police had apparently already written the ticket and left. Unfortunately, the 72 year old man soon suffered a massive heart attack and died after getting back in to his car. The lawyers for the widow say that the heart attack was caused by the cruel and unreasonable actions of the police. They allege that the death was caused by the irresponsible actions of those police officers. The victim’s wife claims that the police made her husband walk that distance to get her ID but were negligent to make an elderly man do so. In fact, a police official reportedly said that the police officers “showed poor judgment” in this case. The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers say that this “poor judgment” cost a man his life. More on this wrongful death lawsuit is available here.