Four Police Officers Face 16 Years Behind Bars For Causing The Death of An Afro American Woman After Pinning Her Down With Their Knees In a Turkish Airport
Four police officers face 16 years behind bars for causing the death of an American woman after pinning her down with their knees in a Turkish airport
- Tracey Lynn Brown died after a confrontation with officers at Ataturk Airport
- The 48-year-old’s dying moments were captured on CCTV footage in 2013
- Prosecutors say the officers used ‘disproportionate force’ during the incident
- They are charged with using ‘excessive force leading to death’ which carries a sentence of between 12 and 16 years
Four police officers are facing 16 years behind bars for causing the death of an American woman in a Turkish airport.
Tracey Lynn Brown, 48, from Michigan, died after a confrontation with police officers at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul in April 2013.
Her dying moments were captured on CCTV footage that shows her struggling to breathe as officers placed pressure on her back and neck with their knees while arresting her.
Prosecutors claim the officers used ‘disproportionate force’ when dealing with Brown, causing her death.
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Tracey Lynn Brown (pictured) died after a confrontation with police officers at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul in April 2013
She had been a transit passenger with a lengthy layover in Istanbul.
Brown ended up in an argument with the airport’s police officers and allegedly brandished a pair of scissors before the cops forcibly restrained her for almost 20 minutes, before getting a doctor to sedate her.
Shortly afterward, they realized she no longer had a pulse and despite their efforts, she never regained consciousness.
A report from retired police officer Necati Erdem claims five officers used their knees to put pressure on Brown’s back and neck during the arrest.
CCTV footage of the incident shows Brown face down and gasping for breath underneath the weight of their restraint.
She can be seen sat on a chair before a struggle ensues and several officers appear to put pressure on her, forcing her to the ground.
Other images show them pulling her lifeless body around before beginning chest compressions.
A total of 12 officers were intiially charged, but the prosecution has called for the acquittal of eight.
The four remaining are facing charges of ‘using of excessive force leading to death’, which carries a sentence of between 12 and 16 years.
One of the five officers seen putting pressure on Brown in the video died in September, local media reported.
The prosecution have also asked for a six-year jail term for a doctor they claim wrote a medical report on her death without carrying out an examination of her body.
Brown first arrived at the airport on the morning of April 4, 2013, having flown in from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
A report from retired police officer Necati Erdem claims five officers used their knees to put pressure on Brown’s back and neck during the arrest
CCTV footage of the incident shows Brown face down and gasping for breath underneath the weight of their restraint
She was supposed to be in the airport for 13 hours and was catching a connecting flight that evening.
But it appears she missed her flight and is seen on CCTV at about 9.50pm approaching what seems to be passport control.
She is then taken to a room, where she was is seen to start arguing.
Turkish police claimed Brown asked for her daughter, and refused to talk to anyone else.
By 10.01pm, she wasn’t visible on camera anymore, and is next seen on CCTV at 4am, six hours later.
This footage shows her trying to jump over the counter, attack a computer and throw papers.
Brown was handcuffed to a chair, but manages to escape in less than a minute – and that’s when officers tackle her to the ground and hold her down
The 48-year-old also had scissors in her hand and used them to injure one of the officers’ hands.
She is then handcuffed to a chair, but manages to escape in less than a minute – and that’s when officers tackle her to the ground and handcuff her.
She was held in the position for 17 minutes before the doctor – named as ‘Mehsut O’ – is called. He tells other medics to give her a sedative, which was administered.
The group of medics then wait four minutes before they all leave the room and it is only then that the police officer releases his knee from Brown’s back – and discovers that she doesn’t have a pulse.
Brown’s daughter described the incident as a ‘traumatic story’ and said the Turkish authorities had at first told her her mother had suffered a heart attack after ‘taking something.’