Madelyn Linsenmeir, 30, died while in custody in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Linsenmeir was arrested by police in late September 2018. In a video from police department she was heard crying. She said she needed medical care. She had pain in her chest.
Police did not provide her with medical treatment and she was transferred to Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center. She was found unresponsive in her cell. She was taken to a hospital and medical staff diagnosed her with a heart infection and other illnesses. She died on October 7, 2018, at the hospital.
Linsenmeir’s family sued the city and correctional officers, and in May 2021, a judge dismissed an appeal by police officers claiming they were not involved in her death.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“Our family is heartbroken to have lost our beloved girl and deeply troubled by her unnecessary, preventable death,” said the family.
“I can’t breathe. I’m in so much pain right now,” were the words Madelyn Linsenmeir uttered days before her death following her arrest by Springfield police in 2018.
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.