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Family Demands Justice After Brooklyn Girl’s Death

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Briana Ojeda, 11, died after suffering an asthma attack in Brooklyn. (credit: CBS 2)

Briana Ojeda, 11, died after suffering an asthma attack in Brooklyn. (credit: CBS 2)

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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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