Gonsalves family reacts to police body cam footage from day of moped crash
Their lawyer, Jude Kerrison, said it still doesn't tell the whole story and left them with questions they are hoping to get answered.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The family of Jhamal Gonsalves got to view the police body cam footage from the day of his crash on Sunday, before the police released it publicly Monday.
Their lawyer, Jude Kerrison, said it still doesn’t tell the whole story and left them with questions they are hoping to get answered.
“Obviously you can understand that the footage was upsetting, and it was extremely difficult for the family,” said Kerrison.
The video still does not show the moment of impact, but does show the actions of officers following the crash.
You can see an officer pull Gonsalves off the moped, then thinking he was overdosing, trying to give him the overdose reversal drug Narcan.
“Anybody that saw him in the videos just before the collision I think would have understood that he was not experiencing an overdose,” said Kerrison.
Gonsalves’s father, Mark Gonsalves, said he works with people with mental illness and addiction and is not sure why officers drew that conclusion.
“To just assume – it’s kind of questionable why would you just assume? After you see him riding fine, and then all of the sudden because he’s on the ground you’re talking about Narcan,” said Gonsalves.
What’s more, the officer trying to administer the Narcan says he doesn’t know how to use it.
“To see an officer pull out Narcan, which obviously he’s prepared with, and then say he doesn’t know how to use it – I was just a little disappointed with some of the professionalism,” said Gonsalves.
The Gonsalves family says their son is still in critical condition but that he has squeezed their hands and opened his eyes.
Kerrison also said they’ve received a lot of videos and statements from people, and that more information will be coming out.