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prosecute the DOC staff involved in the homicide of Bradley Ballard.

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Re: Homicide of Bradley Ballard 

Dear District Attorney Johnson: 

I am writing to urge you to prosecute the DOC staff involved in the homicide of Bradley Ballard. I am concerned that this case was referred to you in September, yet you have taken no action. As you know, the New York City Medical Examiner ruled Mr. Ballard’s death, which was caused by diabetic ketoacidosis with a contributing factor of genital ischemia, a homicide.

On September 11, 2013, Mr. Ballard died in the Elmhurst Hospital emergency room due to jail security and treatment staff’s criminally negligent failure to provide medical care at Rikers Island. 

Mr. Ballard was found unresponsive after being locked in his cell alone for seven days in the mental observation unit at the Anna M. Kross Center.. He had been denied some of his medication. The correction staff who observed Mr. Ballard during this seven-day period did not take any action to assist him. Nor did mental health staff intervene, in spite of the fact that they are required to do rounds in the mental observation housing area twice daily. I strongly believe that the failure to provide medical attention to a person who was completely restrained and unable to obtain help on his own is criminally negligent and requires prosecution.I urge you to prosecute the staff responsible for Mr. Ballard’s death. DOC staff are not untrained citizens without knowledge, access, or means to obtain medical emergency assistance: They are trained, uniformed city officers with a duty to provide care and access to emergency medical assistance. They were working pursuant to procedures which required that immediate action should have been taken to save Mr. Ballard. Their inaction must not be ignored.

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