Cops ignored pleas as inmate Kyam Livingston died in Brooklyn jail

A 37-year-old woman died in a crowded cell at the Central Booking Jail in Brooklyn  July of 2013 as inmates’ pleas for help were ignored for hours by cops.


 Fellow inmate Aleah Holland, 38, a registered nurse,stated that Livingston died needlessly. Police at Central Booking ignored her complaints of stomach pains and diarrhea, Holland said. She said that when she and other inmates banged on the bars calling for help, officers told them Livingston was an alcoholic.

“They said, ‘Shut up before we lose your paper work and you won’t be seen by a judge,’ ” said Holland, who was jailed on an assault charge stemming from a fight with a roommate.

Livingston was arrested  for violating an order of protection taken out by Theresa Johnson, her 78-year-old grandmother.

Johnson said she called the cops after Livingston, who lived with her in Windsor Terrace, drank a bottle of vodka and turned violent, breaking two TV remote controls and two tables.

She said the order of protection didn’t bar Livingston from living with her, but forbade her from arguing with her and drinking in her apartment.

Holland said that when she was put in the holding cell Saturday afternoon, Livingston was already in bad shape.

She said there were 15 women in the cell, and that Livingston’s condition grew worse when they were moved from the first floor.

Holland said she and other inmates cleared a bench for Livingston to lie on. “She was convulsing on the bench,” said Holland, who in 2009 received a $20,000 settlement from the city after suing the NYPD for false arrest.


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7 thoughts on “Cops ignored pleas as inmate Kyam Livingston died in Brooklyn jail

  1. If you have witnessed/personally experienced unsanitary or inhumane conditions at Brooklyn Central Booking, and especially if you were denied medical treatment there, please send your testimonial to Be sure to include your first name, last initial and the area of Brooklyn you are from. We will compile the stories into a report that will be sent out to the authorities to advocate for a full investigation of conditions at Brooklyn Central Booking. Thanks for your continued support. — Justice for Kyam Committee


  2. thank you for continuing to inform the public about the case of Kyam Livingston. One of the family’s demands is an investigation into, and improvement of, the filthy and inhumane conditions in Booking cells in NYC. To that end, we are collecting bookings horror stories from the public. If you have a story of medical neglect or maltreatment, etc., please send it to us at Stories should include the borough of NY you were booked at, your first name last initial, and what area of the city you are from.

    Thank you for your continued support.


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