Thursday, March 6, 2014

Family of Idaho Man Who Died Following Nampa Arrest Will 'View All the Evidence' With Police

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 10:38 AM

The survivors of a Heyburn man, who claim that he died following use of excessive force by the Nampa Police Department, say they will finally have the opportunity next week to review evidence surrounding the man's death.

The wife and family of 33-year-old Anthony Firkins say that he suffered bruising and abrasions to his head and body during an altercation with Nampa Police officers in April 2013. The family filed a $500,000 tort claim in Idaho State Court, naming the city of Nampa and Canyon County, alleging that Canyon County paramedics were complicit by failing to document and report the excessive use of force and by failing to provide proper care following Firkin's life-threatening injuries.

Nampa Police had reported that they confronted Firkins on April 19, 2013, after a pursuit, followed by him crashing his truck and trying to escape. Police said Firkins struggled with officers before they took him into custody. The Canyon County coroner reported that Firkins had died from "excited delirium."

Firkins' family claimed that a taser had been used, which Nampa Police did not confirm.

And now, the Firkins family have announced that they have "a scheduled appointment next week to view all evidence the [Nampa Police Department] has with regard to the death of Anthony Firkins. We give thanks to all who were involved helping expedite our requests."


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