People rallied at Brooklyn Supreme Court on Sunday in support of Briana’s law, which would make it mandatory for all police officers to receive CPR training and be recertified yearly, reports NY1 News. Currently, the NYPD offers CPR training twice per year, but it is not mandatory.
These actions are the aftermath of the death of 11-year-old Briana Ojeda on Aug. 27, 2010. According to the Ojeda family, Briana’s mother was rushing her daughter to the hospital to treat an asthma attack, when she was stopped by Officer Alfonso Mendez for going the wrong way down a one-way street.
Mendez claimed he did not know CPR and did not help the child. He also hindered the mother from getting the little girl to the hospital, the Ojeda family alleges. Mendez has since been suspended from the force without pay for failing to take proper police action and “he likely faces an administrative charge,” reports NY1 News.
In addition to the push for the new law, the Ojeda family is suing the City of New York, the NYPD, Commissioner Ray Kelly and Officer Mendez for $17 million in a wrongful death suit, reports CBS News.