Officers Suspended For Failing To Conduct Wellness Check
Two police officers have been suspended after they ignored orders to do a wellness check on Tonie Wells hours before she was found dead in her Brooklyn home.
Via NY Daily News:
The officers were identified as Wing Hong Lau and Wael Jaber, both 11-year veterans.
The department’s Internal Affairs Bureau will be reviewing every step of the officers’ response to Tonie Wells’ address in Crown Heights, an NYPD spokesman said.
“The entire incident regarding any precinct communication and response issues are being reviewed by the department,” the NYPD said in a statement.
Sources said the 22-year-old victim called 911 early Wednesday to report that she was in fear of her husband Barry Wells, 29, who was acting strangely.
A high-ranking NYPD source with knowledge of the case said the two officers received “incomplete information” when they were told to check on Wells early Wednesday.
“The incomplete information may have caused a delay in the response,” the source said.
But the source noted that there was still no way to justify the decision to blow off the call.
Cops were once again called to the couple’s Sterling Place home, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, after neighbors heard Wells’ 2-year-old daughter screaming inside.
Responding officers found Wells on the bottom of a basement staircase with bruises around her neck. She appeared to have been strangled, cops said.
It was unclear how long the young mother’s body was inside the house alone with the toddler.
This is a clear case of negligence! The police failed Tonie and they should held accountable.