Family that blamed NYPD officer for child's death has suit dismissed

A Brooklyn judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a family who blamed a police officer for the death of their daughter in 2010.

Briana Ojeda was at a playground in Carroll Gardens when she suddenly had an asthma attack. Her mother, Carmen, immediately put her in their car and began driving to Long Island College Hospital. She was then pulled over by Officer Alfonso Mendez after driving the wrong way down Henry Street.

Briana Ojeda was at a playground in Carroll Gardens when she suddenly had an asthma attack. Her mother, Carmen, immediately put her in their car and began driving to Long Island College Hospital. She was then pulled over by Officer Alfonso Mendez after driving the wrong way down Henry Street. (7/29/16)

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a family who blamed a police officer for the death of their daughter in 2010.

The family of 11-year-old Briana Ojeda says they are disgusted with the NYPD and outraged after their civil suit against the city and an NYPD officer was tossed.

Ojeda died after having an asthma attack that she suffered at a playground in Carroll Gardens.

During the medical emergency, Ojeda's mother panicked and tried driving to the hospital but ended up going the wrong way down a one-way street. 

During the traffic stop, Briana's family says the girl stopped breathing in front of him. Reports say Mendez refused to give her CPR because he was not properly trained on how to administer the lifesaving technique. She later died.

The judge ruled the NYPD is not to blame, saying Alfonso Mendez, the officer who pulled them over, did not have to know CPR.

The family says they will not give up fighting to make sure officers are trained in CPR.

The family's lawyer says they are looking at ways to keep fighting the case. One of the efforts is Briana's Law, which would require all police officers to be trained and certified in CPR. The law has passed the Assembly but has been stalled in the Senate.

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