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Village of Catskill facing civil lawsuit in death

Nov 09, 2023 1:03 pm

Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that the Village of Catskill is facing a $20 million civil lawsuit because Jason Jones died in the police station there. While the New York State Attorney General declined to file criminal charges after police officers fired a Taser at Jones who had just covered himself in hand sanitizer. Jones then caught on fire, and officers can be seen on a video recording running away from Jones, rather than helping him. Jones died weeks after the Oct., 2021 incident, in a hospital burn unit. Officers said they were running to find a fire extinguisher. The three police officers involved, Mark Nazi, Daniel Goldpaugh, and Nicholas Craig, were not charged. The civil case brought by Jones' family, continues. Thomas Murphy, the attorney representing the Village of Catskill in the civil lawsuit, issued subpoenas last month to both the Attorney General and the State Police for their case files, and a telephone status conference is set for November 17 before U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Baxter. Read more about this story in Porcupine Soup.

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