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September 13, 2010 / nypdwatch

Apparently, the NYPD’s slogan “CPR” doesn’t mean officers actually know CPR

You're doing it wrong.

There are plenty of police officers in this city who perform their job honorably and competently — police officers whom I have no hesitancy entrusting my life with.

Then there are officers like Alfonso Mendez of the 84th Precinct.

Mendez, who has been suspended from the force, refused to give CPR to an asthma attack victim, claiming he didn’t know how (the victim later died). The family of the victim is suing the city and pushing for policy changes to prevent this from happening in the future.

To me, the operative (and enraging) word is — policy change. Does it really take an innocent 11-year-old girl to die for the NYPD to ensure its officers can perform basic life saving measures? How is it that such a large gap in an officer’s training was allowed to exist? And how many more Officer Mendez’s are still out there?



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