Contact Us
Make My Homepage

New Bedford Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Police

backgroundnow, flickr

The family of a New Bedford man who died in police custody two years ago,  has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Federal Court against five city police officers.  The suit alleges the officers left  42 year old Erik Aguilar face down in a convenience store parking lot with his hands cuffed behind his back in July 2010. The suit says Aguilar was on the ground for 13 minutes during which he stopped breathing and his heart stopped.  Aguilar family attorney Howard Freidman says the police failed to take appropriate action.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The suit also alleges police waited four minutes after learning Aguilar had no pulse before administering CPR.   An independent investigation found Aguilar died from drug and alcohol intoxication, and absolved the officers of any criminal charges.

However, administrative action was taken against the officers.  Mayor Jon Mitchell declined to immediately respond to the lawsuit’s specifics, but said the city “takes very seriously the matters raised” in the suit.

More From WBSM

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wbsm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WBSM - New Bedford's Local Source For News, Talk, and Sports! quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on WBSM - New Bedford's Local Source For News, Talk, and Sports! quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!