Looks like the City of Eureka is starting to learn from past mistakes. (Not) . I wonder if the Borges Lawsuit has anything to do with the fact that EPD actually made sort of an attempt to get medical care for a person in such dire need.
The “10 Million Dollar” question here is: Why not call for an ambulance? So now officers are supposedly giving EMT treatments in the back of rolling patrol cars? (Not likely)
EPD statement: On April 2nd at approximately 1:27 p.m., Officers from the Eureka Police Department responded to the area of Spring and Vance Street on a report of a suspicious male subject rolling around on the ground. Upon arrival officers contacted the male who was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. The male subject who was alert and responsive to the officer’s questions, told them he had ingested a substantial amount of methamphetamine. Officer’s arrested the male for public intoxication and transported him to the St. Joseph Hospital for medical clearance prior to booking him at the Humboldt County Jail.
The male was responsive when he arrived at the hospital, placed on wheelchair and taken into the emergency room. The male subject then suffered a medical emergency and CPR was started. Medical personnel performed life savings efforts on the subject for over an hour. Their efforts were unsuccessful and the subject was pronounced deceased.
Since the male subject died while in police custody the Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team was called out to investigate the incident.
This story reminded us of the as yet unresolved 10 million dollar wrongful death case against the city around the death of Daren Borges
Well at least the officer connected to that case, Michael D. Stelzig Jr, is no longer employed an a Eureka Police Officer, or so we’ve been told.