BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The NYPD has recently could face severe public backlash following the release of a 5-minute-long video depicting two officers abandoning an elderly woman in the hallway during a fire. Ethel Davis, the 91-year-old woman who perished in the fire, passed away due to prolonged smoke exposure. The victim’s daughter intends to file a lawsuit against the officers who carried her mother, the NYPD, and the city.
NYPD Officers Allegedly Ordered Woman to Leave Fireproofed Apartment
According to Ethel Davis’ daughter, on the 12th of February, the NYPD and the Fire Department evacuated the tenants of an apartment complex located in Queens after a fire broke out. The surveillance footage retrieved from the site depicts two NYPD officers standing in a hallway and directing tenants to the nearest exits.
Among those who should have been saved from the flames was 91-year-old Ethel Davis, mother of six children and grandmother to many more. According to the woman’s daughter, the two NYPD officers abusively forced her mother to leave the safety of her apartment, even though the door was fireproofed.
If one mistake wasn’t enough, according to Peter S. Thomas, the family’s attorney, while evacuating the residents, one of the two police officers opened the hallway door to the 11th floor, which made the fire spread even further.
The incriminating footage reveals that after telling the woman to leave the apartment, the officers went ahead to make sure the path was safe, as Ethel collapsed. Instead of picking up the elderly woman, the officers fled the scene.
After the firefighters managed to put out the fire, Ethel’s body was retrieved from the 11th floor. The coroner’s report ruled out that Ethel’s death was caused by smoke inhalation. Following the incident, Marcia, Ethel’s daughter, intends to sue the two NYPD officer, the Police Department, and the city.
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