The family of a Connecticut woman found dead in her own apartment is now suing over law enforcement’s handling of the case.
Lauren Smith-Fields was found dead in her apartment on December 12 after meeting an elderly man on dating app Bumble.
The autopsy has been completed but the young woman cause of death has not yet been released by medical examiner.
Investigators also did not comment on the case, according to Westchester News 12.
The 23-year-old’s family has criticized police and her father says he paid for a second post-mortem because they thought they weren’t getting the answers they wanted from authorities.
Her family believes that her death took place under mysterious circumstances.
“Without a doubt, we knew that my daughter was not a drug user and I paid for the second autopsy myself because we were so uncomfortable with the way the case was handled. case,” Everett’s father told News 12.
Attorney Darnell Crosland, who works for the Smith-Fields family, alleges police may have covered up evidence and failed to properly investigate the woman’s death in a letter.
“The police department has been racially insensitive to this family has treated this family with disrespect and has violated their civil rights,” Crosland wrote.
“They have failed to investigate this matter, and they refuse to see the last person with Lauren Smith-Fields before her death as a person of interest. This behavior is unacceptable”.
The police report into Smith-Fields’ death says that the man she met through Bumble called police shortly after 6:30 a.m. on December 12 after he found the woman motionless on the floor. with dried blood around the nose.
Smith-Fields was pronounced dead by paramedics at 6:49 a.m., according to a police report.
Her family is planning to march to City Hall on January 25, Smith-Fields’ 24th birthday. They claim that they did not discover the young girl’s death until the landlord notified them more than 24 hours later.
In Crosland’s letter, he detailed many cases in which Smith-Fields’ rights were allegedly violated. He also claimed that the Bridgeport Police Department “intentionally or unintentionally created a cover-up for the party responsible for Lauren’s death.”
Crosland also claimed there was some evidence in the woman’s apartment that was not submitted to the state lab for forensic analysis.
Mayor Joe Ganim, Bridgeport Police Chief Rebeca Garcia and other members of the department named in Crosland’s letter are the people the family plans to sue.
Smith-Fields, a graduate of Stamford High School, was attending Norwalk Community College at the time of her death, according to her family.
“Her family loves her, her friends love her,” said her brother Lakeem Jetter. “She is a beauty inside and out, and we will never let her name die, will never stop even after we get justice, we will keep her name. exist.”
The Sun has contacted the Bridgeport police department for comment.
In a statement to News 12, the City of Bridgeport said a review of the incident is underway.
“The Bridgeport Police Department takes these concerns very seriously,” it said.
“The Detective Bureau Command is reviewing the handling of this case to ensure that best practices have been and are being followed.
“It should be noted that the death of Lauren Smith-Fields remains an ongoing investigation,” the statement added.
“Our department extends its deepest condolences to Lauren’s family.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17412536/lauren-smith-fields-connecticut-family-sue/ Lauren Smith-Fields’ family to SUE police say they failed to investigate her death after she met the man on a date with Bumble