SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The sister of a Springfield man who suffered a fatal aneurysm while in police custody has filed a notice of intent to sue the city for $100,000.
Jerry Bradley was picked up on a warrant in September 2015 and died in a holding cell while awaiting arraignment.
Masslive.com (http://bit.ly/2jf130f ) reports that Olethia Bradley notified Mayor Domenic Sarno that the family would seek the legal maximum in compensation for Bradley’s death. Under state law, municipalities must be given six months’ notice to accept, reject or negotiate legal claims before a lawsuit can be filed.
The family says Jerry Bradley was unlawfully arrested and suffered for 21 hours before he died.
Two officers were suspended for 30 days after the death.
Sarno acknowledged receipt of the letter but would not comment on specifics.