The household of a person who drowned after leaping into the Washington Channel, after a 911 name listed his state of affairs as a non-urgent, Priority 2 state of affairs, is suing D.C., its Office of Unified Communications and the mayor.

David Earl Griffin, 47, died on March 14, 2022 after a greater than half-hour-long encounter with ambulance crews. (Courtesy Aujah Griffin)

The household of a person who drowned after leaping into the Washington Channel — after a 911 name listed his state of affairs as a non-urgent, Priority 2 state of affairs — is suing D.C., its Office of Unified Communications and the mayor.

David Earl Griffin, 47, died on March 14 in 2022 after a greater than half-hour-long encounter with ambulance crews.

According to court docket paperwork, Griffin was experiencing a psychological well being disaster round 6:15 p.m. within the Southwest Waterfront space.

“As many as 10 calls had been made to 911 inside an approximate 4 minute time span, describing Mr. Griffin’s habits and reporting that he was yelling, leaping on vehicles, and scaring bystanders,” the lawsuit filed by his daughter Aujah mentioned.

A dispatcher allegedly entered the calls as an overdose state of affairs, classifying it as Priority 2, which “meant that the response from emergency responders can be way more delayed than the response can be for a Priority 1 name,” based on the lawsuit.

Around 6:42 p.m., the ambulance crew referred to as a 10-33, which means they had been in imminent hazard.

“Mr. Griffin was in disaster. Yet police didn’t even obtain the decision for about 22 minutes and didn’t reply for not less than half-hour, an unconscionable delay in response as a result of emergency dispatcher’s incorrect classification of the decision as a drug overdose warranting a Priority 2 response. That response was inconceivably delayed even additional by the emergency dispatcher’s failure to report back to cops the change in location the EMT personnel had reported when EMTs referred to as dispatch pleading for help.”

“As a results of these failures, Mr. Griffin died,” the lawsuit reads.

The District and Mayor Muriel Bowser are named within the lawsuit together with the Office of Unified Communications and two former administrators of that company.

The authentic case prompted the OUC to evaluation its procedures when Fire and EMS requires assist from police.

Following its preliminary investigation relating to Griffin’s drowning, a spokesperson for OUC mentioned there was room for enchancment within the company’s dealing with of the state of affairs.

The go well with talked about a number of different cases the place the OUC and police have seemingly failed metropolis residents in correctly and promptly dispatching emergency companies to these in want. It additionally claims the District did not adjust to the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act by not implementing crime prevention groups that had been educated in dealing with psychological well being crises.

Griffin was described as “a loving father” of 10 and a grandfather of 17. His household is in search of financial retribution for wrongful loss of life, negligence and damages in a survivorship motion, amongst different claims.

Among the officers named within the go well with are former Director Karima Holmes and Interim Director Cleo Subido.

Subido has filed her personal lawsuit towards the District, alleging she was fired for shining a light-weight on issues on the company and that the Bowser administration repeatedly tried to hide severe errors.

WTOP’s Ciara Wells contributed to this report.

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