The family of a dead correctional officer is looking for answers from state officials as to how he died and their response could spark a lawsuit.
Thomas Neuberger, a lawyer for the family of Steven Floyd, sent a letter to Gov. John Carney (D) earlier this week. It accused his predecessors of putting “dollars and cents, and cutting corners, above people’s lives” and called the correction system broken.
State officials haven’t told the family how Floyd, who was posthumously promoted to lieutenant, died in the 19-hour prison standoff at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center last month. Forensic examiners ruled it a "homicide by trauma" but offered no further details
Neuberger says to force them to wait for the autopsy to be made public and “rip their wounds open again is cruel and inhumane.”
Without what they deem as an adequate reply, the letter says they’ll file suit in federal court after 30 days.
Carney released a statement calling Floyd a “dedicated officer” and that he’s committed to improving security at state prisons, but that he wouldn’t comment on pending litigation.
A criminal investigation into the hostage situation remains ongoing.