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No update on investigation into police in death of Catskill resident

May 04, 2023 12:55 am

Raymond Pignone reports for Columbia-Greene Media that there is still no news about the New York State Attorney General's investigation into the death of Jason Jones in the Catskill police station in 2021. The attorney representing the estate of Jones wrote a letter to Attorney General Letitia James asking for a status update. On May 2, Alexis Richards, a spokesperson for the Attorney General, said in an email that the investigation is continuing and that the office has no further comment at this time. Albany attorney Kevin A. Luibrand said, “The civil case is moving forward, but I sent a letter to the Attorney General asking about the status of the criminal investigation.... I expected to hear something by now.” Catskill Village police officers Mark Nazi, Daniel Goldpaugh, and Nicholas J. Craig are accused of using excessive force, failing to follow accepted police procedure, and running away rather than giving Jones medical aid in the lawsuit. Jones, a former star athlete at Catskill High, entered the Catskill Village police station, doused himself with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and then the officers used a stun gun on him, that set him on fire. A video recording then shows the officers running away, instead of helping Jones, who had not been charged or suspected of any crime. “For approximately six minutes, the defendants saw that Jason Jones was having difficulty breathing and had sustained burns to his head, face, chest, neck, abdomen, back, arms, hands and torso,” the lawsuit alleges. Jones suffered external first-degree and second-degree burns and died in a hospital 46 days later. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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