The family of Glenn Foster Jr– Former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman who died in police custody Monday – has hired a prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump and now he will be struggling to get answers about his death.
Attorney Benjamin Crump speaks to the media about his client’s son, Trayvon Martin, 17, who was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, on March 20, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle /.)
Foster Jr., who died while being transported from the Pickens County Courthouse to a mental health facility, was arrested in early December after a high-speed police chase.
Authorities have said the cause of death is “unknown” and are investigating the matter.
But Foster Jr.’s family alleges the 31-year-old was denied proper medical care despite alerting authorities that he had bipolar disorder.
“They want answers,” Crump told the Daily Beast. “They are obviously devastated.”
Former New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr. died 2 DAYS after being taken into custody. His family was denied access to him and, after police transferred him to a medical facility for evaluation, they found him unconscious. Your family deserves answers! https://t.co/VsooQwmUM9
– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 8, 2021
According to jail records, Foster Jr was arrested by Picken County Police Dec. 4, after an officer spotted him driving 92 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Police officer Richard negro He said that once the officer started following Foster, he accelerated to “very high speeds” and eventually drove on the wrong side of the road. The chase ended in a crash.
Once detained, police allege that the former NFL player struck another inmate, assaulted a prison guard and the correctional officer, and tried to steal socks.
Foster Jr., who has already posted bail on his misdemeanor traffic offense charges, was re-booked on Dec. 5 for three felonies of assault and one count of assault in the third degree. He was being held without bail.
After showing signs of mental instability at his court hearing that Monday, the judge ordered that he be sent to a medical facility.
Foster Jr’s father, Glenn Foster Sr, told CNN that her son was bipolar and was experiencing a manic episode prior to his arrest.
He also shared that he communicated the former athlete’s history of bipolar disorder to authorities and that Black agreed with his request that his son receive medical attention.
“When the family arrived to post Foster Jr.’s bond and take him for a mental health evaluation, they were told that he had been in an altercation with another inmate and that he was now under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office, delaying his treatment”. Crump said in a press release.
Later, Foster Jr was transported on a patrol car to a hospital in Birmingham, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Former New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr., shown in 2015, battled bipolar disorder, and his father told CNN he believed his son was having a manic episode at the time of his arrest on Saturday, which it finally led to his death on Monday. (Associated Press)
“They said he got in the car and that he was fine, and then he came to the facility and is unconscious,” said Crump, who said the family needs answers about the incident.
“They absolutely believe that the sheriff did not treat him like he was experiencing a mental health crisis. I was more determined to try to treat him like a criminal than a citizen who was going through a medical crisis, “he added.
Crump has represented many families of victims of police violence, including George Floyd y Breonna Taylor Y Trayvon Martin.
Originally from Chicago, Foster Jr. played two seasons for the New Orleans Saints from 2013 to 2014.
His father said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his 20s, but that he had mostly been able to control it as he built his NFL career and became a business owner.
The father of four had experienced manic episodes in college and again recently, before his arrest.
“I can’t get my son back,” said Foster Jr.’s mother. Sabrina Foster. “But we want whoever is responsible to pay for this.”
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Ben Crump represents Glenn Foster’s family in the investigation of his death