The family of Glenn Foster Jr., the previous defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints who died Monday in Alabama police custody, has been demanding solutions about his demise. Now they’ve retained the highest-profile civil rights legal professional in America to get them.
Foster, 31, died this week within the custody of the Pickens County, Alabama, Sheriff’s division after his household mentioned he was denied medical care. On Friday, Benjamin Crump—a civil-rights legal professional who has represented the households of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery—mentioned he was introduced on to probe the Black ex-NFL participant and businessman’s demise after they imagine he “could have been affected by a manic episode within the days main as much as, throughout, and following his arrest.”
“Based on his household, Foster Jr, has a historical past of psychological well being challenges, which they communicated to the Reform Police Division’s Chief,” a Friday press launch saying Crump’s retention mentioned, referring to a different police division concerned in his arrest.
Jail information present Foster was booked into the Pickens County jail on Saturday morning on three expenses of reckless endangerment, as effectively expenses of resisting arrest and trying to elude. Reform Police Chief Richard Black beforehand advised The Every day Beast the arrest occurred after an officer noticed the ex-athlete driving 92 mph in a forty five mph zone in a black Jeep Wrangler. Black claimed that when the officer adopted Foster, he accelerated to “very excessive charges of velocity” as a result of finally driving on the fallacious facet of the highway.
The incident prompted an arrest—although the main points of his in-custody keep and what led to his eventual switch to a medical facility will not be clear. Foster’s father, Glenn, mentioned in an interview with CNN that his son was bipolar and in “psychological misery” earlier than his arrest and eventual time in jail—and that they communicated the ex-athlete’s situation to authorities.
On Dec. 5, Foster was set to be launched from jail, however was re-booked after allegedly preventing with one other inmate and two officers. The following day, a choose ordered that he be given medical consideration.
“When the household arrived to submit bail for Foster Jr. and take him to a psychological well being analysis, they have been advised he had been in an altercation with one other inmate and was now below the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s workplace, which delayed his therapy,” Crump’s press launch mentioned. “The household was denied visitation with Foster Jr.”
The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation, which can be trying into Foster’s demise, beforehand advised The Every day Beast that Foster was pronounced useless at a medical facility in Northport, Alabama, however declined to elaborate. The Sheriff’s workplace has declined to remark, deferring to the state company.
Crump has made a reputation for himself by looking for justice for households who’ve misplaced family members to police brutality, and was as soon as dubbed by Rev. Al Sharpton as “Black America’s attorney general.” In a press release to The Every day Beast, Crump mentioned that Foster’s mysterious demise has left “behind a broken-hearted household that’s demanding solutions.”
“The portrayal of him as a big man, a former NFL soccer participant, is a traditional a part of the playbook in explaining and justifying the demise of a Black man by police,” Crump continued, including, “There is no such thing as a purpose why he was alive in police custody and sixteen minutes later he was useless.”
“We won’t relaxation till we get solutions and justice for Glenn Foster Jr. and his distraught household.”