On July 21st 2013 Kyam Livingston, a 37 year old African American mom died in a Brooklyn central booking holding cell, after experiencing severe abdominal pain and crying out for medical assistance for 7 hours. Instead of attending to her or seeking medical attention she was told by the officers on duty to shut up, and threatened that her paperwork would be ‘lost’ (delaying her arraignment before a judge). After other witnesses alerted the officers that she was unresponsive, they called for an ambulance and she was later pronounced dead although witnesses maintain that she died in central booking 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived. Unfortunately the city’s response has been to attempt to hide the identities of the officers on duty and to deny the family’s attorneys access to the video recording of the holding cell where she was kept.
Kyam Livingston leaves behind a grieving mother Anita Neal, and son Alex Livingston, as well as other family and friends. The family and supporters have been holding monthly rallies to publicize the case, demand that the city turn over the holding cell video, as well as identify and charge the officers on duty with criminal negligence for their behavior, which ultimately led to the death of Kyam. The family has been represent by the law firm of Jeffrey Taub in their civil suit against the city of new york.
On January 21st at 6pm supporters and members of the Justice for Kyam Livingston committee will be hosting a speakout at 890 Flatbush Avenue (at Church ave.) We will be discussing the current efforts of the family to hold the city accountable, as well as holding a panel discussing the conditions in the central booking and exploring ways that we can support and advocate for changes in the arrest and detention process. Please share widely and join us in demanding answers!
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Please sign our Petition at www.causes.com/Justice-for-kyam.