The household of Christina Yuna Lee, the 35-year-old lady cops say was stabbed greater than 40 occasions by a homeless man and left for lifeless in her Manhattan residence in 2022, has sued the New York Police Division for his or her response to the grisly homicide.
The lawsuit, filed Friday, accuses two NYPD officers of standing idle exterior Lee’s residence whereas she screamed and was repeatedly stabbed behind a locked door—an inaction they allege is why Lee finally misplaced her life.
“Regardless of having motive to consider Ms. Lee’s life was in imminent hazard,” the lawsuit says, “(the officers) failed to realize entry to Ms. Lee’s residence or in any other case present her with any probably life-saving police or medical help.”
The go well with alleges the inaction was notably egregious due to officers’ proximity to Lee’s residence, located in a Chinatown neighborhood adjoining to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
The NYPD’s fifth precinct is simply blocks from there, but the go well with says it took police an hour and 20 minutes to power entry into Lee’s residence—the place her mangled physique was recovered in a tub, and her accused killer, Assamad Nash, was discovered hiding underneath a mattress.
The go well with particulars Lee’s last moments alive, saying she hopped out of a taxi close to her residence constructing round 4:20 a.m. and headed to her unit. That’s when Nash allegedly compelled his manner into the residence along with her and a wrestle ensued.
Lee screamed for assist and neighbors referred to as 911, the go well with says. Two officers arrived rapidly, however they didn’t attempt to bust via the locked door that blocked them from Lee and Nash.
Prosecutors stated final yr that cops reported listening to Lee’s screams till they abruptly stopped, the New York Instances reported. At that time, the cops, who weren’t named within the go well with, even spoke to Nash via the door, however didn’t break into the residence.
The Instances reported that cops reported listening to a girl’s voice inform the officers, “‘We don’t want the police right here—go away.’” That voice turned out to be Nash.
Lee’s property is asking for compensatory damages for his or her beloved one’s demise, inserting partial blame on the NYPD—not only for their response on Feb. 13, but in addition for not sustaining law-and-order in and round Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The go well with mentions the 2021 stabbing demise of Sala Miah, a supply employee, who was additionally killed close to the park at random.
“By failing to regulate harmful circumstances in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, (the NYPD) deliberately, recklessly, and negligently created a nuisance,” the go well with stated.
Reached by e-mail, the NYPD stated it wouldn’t touch upon pending litigation. The division ignored questions on what disciplinary motion—if any—the primary officers who responded to Lee’s residence confronted.
Nash, 25, was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom in March 2022 on costs of homicide, housebreaking and sexually motivated housebreaking. He entered a plea of not responsible—after initially refusing to come back to courtroom that morning—and he’s nonetheless awaiting trial.
Lee was a inventive producer for Splice, a music platform based mostly in New York Metropolis. Family members memorialized Lee in numerous posts on-line and in a GoFundMe, which raised $429,000 after Lee died in a “mindless act of violence.”
“Christina was vigorous,” the fundraiser stated. “She radiated positivity, pleasure, and love. She supported her buddies in all the things that they did. Her loss is an unfathomable tragedy that her family members and her neighborhood will wrestle with for years to come back.”