On August 10, 2019, Brian Cody Waldron, 20, was found dead of an overdose after being released from police custody in New Milford, Connecticut.
Waldron was brought to a hospital emergency room by his fiancé and her step-father, Norman Abair, while Waldron was “high on heroin.” While at the hospital, Abair reported the situation to the police.
Two officers came to the hospital to arrest Waldron and transport him back to the station. After Waldron was put in a jail cell, he continued to act erratically and several times told that he wanted to jump off a bridge. Less than 30 minutes later Waldron was released from police custody and was found dead of an overdose about eight hours later.
In April 2021 Waldron’s mother has formally sued the town and three employees of the local police department in relation to her son’s death, claiming negligence, carelessness, and improper prisoner security and welfare procedure.
In July 2021, Morrissey and his wife, Tracey, founded the organization now called Brian Cody’s Brothers & Sisters Foundation after their 20-year-old son Brian Cody Waldron overdosed in 2019. Their organization has a website and resources to help navigate the treatment and recovery process.
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“What they should have done is taken him back to New Milford Hospital to be evaluated by a professional,” said the plaintiff’s attorney Robert Guendelsberger.
“We continue to pursue any action that will bring change to the circumstances behind the death of our son to include reforms within our local community and statewide legislation and community outreach,” Tony Morrissey, Waldron’s step-father said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.