Statement on Death of Stamford Resident after Arrest

STAMFORD, Conn. — On Wednesday, October 23 2019, a 23-year-old man died after being arrested for a domestic assault. Mayor David Martin has the following statement:

“The death of this man is an absolute tragedy and I sympathize with the grief his family is feeling. I met with his mother this morning and expressed my sincerest condolences.

I believe our community has the right to know what happened and I will share all the information we have available as soon as we are permitted by the State’s Attorney’s Office. The Stamford Police Department has body-worn camera footage from over 20 different officers who were involved in various aspects of this event and the audiotape of the 9-1-1 call reporting a domestic assault.

On Wednesday evening, Police Chief Thomas Wuennemann met with the family. On Thursday, State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo shared some of the body-worn camera footage with the family and a representative from the National Association of Colored People (NAACP). As soon as the family has been given an opportunity to review all the body-worn camera footage and the City receives authorization from the State’s Attorney’s Office, this footage will be shared with the public.

Later on Thursday, I invited community leaders, clergy, and members of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) to my office to discuss this event with Chief Wuennemann, State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo, Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski, and other officials. During that discussion we shared important details, including the medical examiner’s preliminary report which concluded there was no evidence of inflicted injuries. The medical examiner expects more information through the toxicology report — which may take 4 to 6 weeks to complete — and the City and the State’s Attorney have requested this report be expedited.

Out of respect for the family, the City of Stamford is not releasing personal information about this event, including the deceased’s name and medical background.”