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Attorney for Jones writes letter asking what AG is doing in Catskill case

Feb 09, 2023 1:03 am

Brendan J. Lyons reports in the Times Union that an attorney for the family of a 29-year-old man who died from burns weeks after a Catskill village police officer ignited him with a Taser, sent a letter to the state attorney general's office Feb. 7 wondering why there has been so little legal action in the case. Jason Jones died after more than 40 days in a coma in a Syracuse burn unit, after the incident that was recorded on video in the Catskill Village police station. In October 2021 Jones entered the police station, doused himself with flammable hand sanitizer in front of three police officers in the lobby of the village police station. Jones is Tasered by one of the officers, and they scatter instead of giving aid when Jones caught on fire, the recording shows. The office of state Attorney General Letitia James has not issued a report summarizing its investigative findings or indicated whether the matter will be reviewed by a grand jury. Kevin A. Luibrand, an attorney for Jones' family, wrote to the attorney general that, "Sixteen months have passed since Jason was shot and 14 months have passed since Jason died, and yet your office has been unable to even reach a decision on whether the actions of the officers involved warrant a referral of the case to a grand jury, let alone actually presenting the matter to a grand jury for consideration." A spokesperson for James said her office is investigating the matter and "We offer our sincerest condolences to Mr. Jones’ family and will provide them with the answers they are owed." Read more about this story in the Times Union.