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.
“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.