Mary MuellerDec 4, 2017, 10:30 pmDec 5, 2017, 12:10 pm

Family demands answers after Yonkers man died in police custody

Police say Jonathan Maldonado died of cardiac arrest after ingesting substance; the family differs

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YONKERS —The family of Jonathan Maldonado, a Yonkers man who died in Greenburgh police custody, is breaking their silence as they search for answers. They believe officers used excessive force during last week’s arrest. However, Greenburgh police say Maldonado died of cardiac arrest due to a possible drug overdose after police used a taser on him.

Police say they initially pursued Maldonado after security personnel at a Hartsdale Best Buy said he stole a phone on Wednesday. The incident happened near the intersection of Central Avenue and Harvard Drive. The police also say the 21-year-old ingested several packets of a substance prior to the arrest. But the family doesn't believe that story.

The family believes that while Maldanado was down, police used a taser twice and two to three officers sat on his back. They are pleading with anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

The family has recently learned from the attorney general’s office that there are body and dash camera videos of the incident. They're hoping the tapes lead to more answers.

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