Family Demands Justice After Brooklyn Girl’s Death

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The parents of the 11-year-old Brooklyn girl who died nearly two weeks ago following an asthmatic attack are pushing for new legislation that would mandate CPR training and recertification for NYPD officers.

Michael and Carmen Ojeda — the parents of Briana Ojeda — are hoping “Briana Ojeda’s Law” will help equip police officers with training that could help saves lives.

Michael Ojeda said he didn’t want other families to suffer the way he and his wife did and believes the new law would ensure that.

“They can count on the police and the first aid response to help,” Ojeda said.

On August 27, Briana Ojeda was being rushed the hospital by her mother when she was stopped by Officer Alfonso Mendez. When Ojeda asked if the Mendez could resuscitate the girl, the officer allegedly refused to officer assistance, saying he didn’t know CPR.

The family along with National Latino Officers Association of America, the Grand Council of Guardians and the NYPD Guardians Association rallied on the front steps of Brooklyn Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon for an independent criminal investigation into Mendez’s actions and to demand “justice for Nunna,” the young girl’s family nickname.

The Ojeda family also wants to see officers recertified in first aid and misdemeanor charges filed in cases where police refused to render medical assistance in emergency situations.

Currently, Mendez — a five-year veteran assigned to Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct — has been suspended without pay for thirty days for failing to report his involvement in the incident.

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  1. Karen says:

    At no time did I read that the girl stopped breathing. I read that she was in distress with her lips turning blue. No one mentioned that CPR was not indicated at this point. You do not perform Cpr on a person who is breathing.

  2. LELE2780 says:

    @carol @michael @chris owens I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH YOU, YOU REALLY NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE ARTICLES AND TO THIS PHONY MOTHER AND HER DIFFERENT STORIES!! APPARENTLY THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST ATTACK HER DAUGHTER WENT THROUGH! FOR A MOTHER WHO SUPPOSELY CARED SO MUCH HOW COME SHE HAS NOT SHED 1 TEAR FOR THIS CHILD BESIDE YELLING AND MAKING A FOOL OUT OF HERSELF? MAYBE EVERYONE SHOULD BE ASKING THEM SELVES HOW COME SHE HAS TIME TO WEAR ALL THESE DRASTIC DRESSES AND HAVE TIME TO GO TO A SALON AND DO HER HAIR AS WELL AS COLOR IT WITH LOTS OF MAKE-UP!! WHO THINKS OF ALL THIS WHILE MOURNING THERE OWN CHILD??? IF PEOPLE REALLY KNEW THE REAL STORY APPARENTLY YOU GUYS DONT THEN U SHOULDNT BE JUDGEING THE OFFICER AND WHAT HE DIDNT DO WHEN IN FACT HE DID ESCORT HER TO THE HOSPITAL. HE NEVER BLOCKED HER IN THE BLOCK HE HAD HIS LIGHTS AND SIRENS ON TO HELP HER GET TO THE HOSPITAL FAST!! APPARENTLY THE MOTHER WAS SCARED NOT ONLY SHE WAS DRIVING RECKLESSLY BUT SHE ALSO PUT PEOPLES LIFE IN DANGER BESIDE HER OWN AND DAUGHTERS!! WHEN PEOPLE ARE HIGH ON DRUGS ITS UNFORTUNATE TO SAY BUT THOSE ARE THE SIGNS!! PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE TO THIS LADY AND HER NO SHEDDING TEARS FOR THIS CHILD!! HOW DARE HER TRY TO BLAME SOMEONE ELSE INSTEAD OF HERSELF..

  3. Chris Owens says:

    FACT:

    The asthma attack was quite severe and required hospital care. The inhaler, et al, was not enough in this case.

    FACT:

    The officer was not apologetic for his ignorance and did not lead the panic-stricken family to the hospital, but first blocked the car and then actually pursued the disoriented mother to give her a summons as she drove incorrectly on a one-way street in search of the hospital approach. Lost seconds led to a lost life.

    FACT:

    Several NYPD members participated actively or passively in preventing the identification of the offending police officer.

  4. Michael says:

    CPR can be difficult to perform correctly even in the best of situations since there is a lot of technique involved. To expect a panicking mother to stay calm and correctly and effectively perform CPR is unrealistic. I don’t think that any of you could. While it is good to always carry an inhaler you have to realize that in a sudden, severe asthma attack the inhaler maybe ineffective. The lungs are so locked up that it is impossible to inhale the medicine.

    I have performed CPR in the emergency room many times and have seen many asthmatic patents also. Some are so critical that they need to be intubated and placed on a ventilator, a simple inhaler did not do anything for them when they took it.

    To imply that it was the mothers fault for not know CPR or possibly forgetting an inhaler is ridiculous.

    This lady did what many of us would have done in an emergency that is seek the help of a police officer. This officer is incompetent, a coward, and dangerous to have on the streets. If he doesn’t have any concern for a dying child, who does he care about.

    1. Marisol says:

      I think u r the only incompetent and dangerous one here if in deed u do work in a E.R. If u think that the mom was so nervous y couldn’t the officer who they have already said didn’t know CPR and his PCT also confirmed it !!be nervous, while having many people scream and demand he give some thing he did not know. For ur info they r not even required by law to give CPR and don’t even have the mouth guard to give CPR. If u were so smart ud know that at the point were this child was CPR would not have worked because all of her air ways were closed. If it wasn’t for this officer this lady wouldn’t even have gotten to the E.R. She was going the wrong way on a one way street and had crashed into a parked car and if in deed she knew and cared for her daughter y would she let her go out and play in over 97 degree weather. This child had severe asthma, her mom should have known not to take her out in that weather. Btw many of us would have known our child well enough to not let it get it to that point and if so call 911. That night there was not 1 single 911 call made for this child. LOOK IT UP. and know ur story before judging!!!!!

  5. Kittielove says:

    As an asthmatic – I ALWAYS carry my inhaler – duh – and as a MOTHER – I took CPR in case my kids are diagnosed – take responsibility for your life and the life you create – emergencies are often the product of ignorance

  6. Maria says:

    Everyone is right. But if a child approached the officer to help a child’s friend or parent, than the officer should know CPR in those cases.

  7. i am says:

    I agree with Carlos…this was the mother’s responsibility.
    By the way, this article is terrible – someone should proofread it before they post it online.

  8. MIke says:

    That was my thought when I read this article; “Where were the parents and how come they didn’t know CPR”. I thought it might have been a tragedy if she was away from her parents and maybe in the care of a police officer. But she was with her primary care giver- her MOM. Maybe we should have a law that not everyone that wants kids can raise kids till they can prove they can take care of them!

  9. carol says:

    dont judge smeones action before you are put
    in that situation it is so easy for us to say o i would
    hve done this or i would hve done that officers are
    require to know cpr n to help citizens when in need

  10. Tony says:

    Parents dont take responsibility any more for anything there child does.
    They blame it on the teachers the schools or the streets.
    When have you ever seen a grieving parent say its my fault?

  11. Nergis says:

    Thank You Carlos! Well Said. Enough said. Always passing the blame to someone else.

  12. laura says:

    How come the mother didn’t carry the little girls inhaler with her knowing they would be out at the park on a hot and humid summer day in NY? I’m sure she had her cell phone on her!!

    1. Carlos says:

      every one always want to blame someone else….why didnt the parents know CPR?…if I had a child with asthma I would make sure I knew CPR and carried her medications with me

      1. lTNLPE says:

        I totally thought the same thing when i READ THIS!

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