Lynette Wesley of Youngstown represented herself during an Oct. 28 hearing in U.S. District Court regarding the lawsuit she filed against the Youngstown Police Department and American Medical Response ambulance company over the July 18, 2020, death of her son, Brandon Wesley. shot dead.
She represented herself because the lawyers who filed the case earlier this year on behalf of her and her son’s estate were given permission to withdraw from the case on October 13, and Wesley did not get new legal counsel in time for the October 28 phone case not. -management conference before Judge Sara Lioi.
According to minutes of the October 28 conference, Lynette Wesley represented herself but indicated that she intended to hire new attorneys before her December 13 deadline.
The minutes state that Lioi “to Ms. Wesley emphasized that it is highly unlikely under the law” that Wesley will be allowed to serve as her own attorney. If Wesley does not get new counsel in time, the judge could issue an order asking her to “show cause” why the case should not be dismissed, the minutes said.
Attorneys Joel Sansone and Massimo Terzigni of Pittsburgh filed a motion asking them to withdraw on October 13. They cited “irreconcilable differences” between them and Wesley. They asked Wesley for 60 days to find new lawyers, which the judge approved.
The lawsuit claimed it took an hour for an AMR ambulance to arrive at the scene where Brandon Wesley, 19, was shot in the shoulder in Homestead Park on the South Side.
It also made other allegations against Youngstown police officers at the scene, including that they prevented anyone from rendering aid to her son.
However, on Oct. 26, the attorneys for the city and AMR filed a document called a “report of parties’ planning meeting on behalf of the defendants,” which contained a brief description of the “subject matter of the litigation.” It provided a timeline and description of events surrounding the shooting death of Brandon Wesley.
The report relates to a September 14, 2020 meeting attended by Wesley’s former attorneys and attorneys for the city and AMR.
It said the report had been submitted to Wesley’s former lawyers, but Lioi had given permission for them to withdraw, so the defendants asked that the report be sent to Lynette Wesley.
The report contains one brief description of the case from Wesley’s point of view: “Plaintiff Lynette Wesley, the mother of Brandon Wesley and the duly appointed administrator of the estate of Brandon Wesley, brings claims pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (Article 1983 of Title 42 of the United States Code on deprivation of civil rights and the right to sue state government) and Ohio Common Law, regarding the defendants’ response to the shooting of Brandon Wesley.
But the defendants’ description says Brandon Wesley was shot in the shoulder by an unknown assailant, and the Youngstown 911 center was contacted about it at 9:45 p.m. An AMR ambulance was dispatched at 9.47pm. The first Youngstown officer responded at 9:48 p.m
“As Brandon Wesley lost his pulse, a police officer began chest compressions,” the description reads.
At 21:54, the AMR ambulance arrived at the scene and began resuscitation efforts. The ambulance left the scene at 22:02 to go to the St. traveling to Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and arriving at 10:11 p.m., whereupon Brandon Wesley was handed over to emergency room personnel. He could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at 10.15pm
“An autopsy was performed which revealed that the bullet had passed through Brandon Wesley’s left shoulder and caused extensive damage to internal organs in his chest, including laceration of several arteries, injury to his left lung, a left hemothorax (blood that between the chest wall and lungs) with 1,200 mm of blood and other internal injuries throughout the bullet’s path.”
The description states the lawsuit “alleges that the Youngstown police officers failed to respond to the gunshot scene for 20 minutes after the 911 call and that the police officers racially motivated them refused to provide medical aid to Brandon Wesley.
“The complaint alleges that the American Medical Response ambulance did not arrive at the shooting scene until one hour after they were contacted. All defendants dispute these claims as the police reports, 911 recordings, US medical response records and audio recordings, as well as the coroner’s reports prove that there was a timely response, that medical aid was provided and that there was nothing that could have been done not. for Brandon Wesley which would have led to his survival due to the extensive bleeding and internal injuries caused by the bullet.”
The rest of the filing details evidence handed over to Wesley’s attorneys, such as 911 recordings, Youngstown police reports and AMR reports and audio recordings.
It lists the depositions to be taken and sets a deadline of May 2, 2023 for an expert witness report to be submitted and for a hearing date of November 6, 2023.
The report was signed by attorneys for the city and AMR, but not by Lynette Wesley, whose address is listed as being on Hunter Street, where a copy of the report was posted.