Before Dwight Love died last week at his daughter’s home in Detroit, he was grievously wronged by the system — twice.
After he collapsed in front of daughter Letrisica Day’s home, she called 911 four times, according to an exclusive WJBK-TV report. Forty-six minutes went by before EMS showed up.
Day and a neighbor carried her dad inside, according to the local Fox affiliate. She initially felt a pulse while she waited for emergency responders, who arrived just after noon Thursday.
By then, it was too late: Love was dead.
The city had 19 units running, all which were busy when she called 911, and the first one available took 14 minutes to arrive. Interim Detroit Fire Commissioner Jonathan Jackson told WJBK, “We want to do better.”
Love, who was in his 50s when he died, had already lost years of his life. Wrongfully convicted of murder in 1982, he served 16 years of a life sentence before he was exonerated, according to the 2011 ACLU report “Faces of Failing Public Defense Systems: Portraits of Michigan’s Constitutional Crisis.”
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