Florida Senate - 2012 (NP) SB 72 By Senator Storms 10-00188-12 201272__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Melvin and Alma Colindres by 3 the City of Miami; providing for an appropriation to 4 compensate them for the wrongful death of their son, 5 Kevin Colindres, sustained as a result of the 6 negligence of police officers of the City of Miami; 7 providing a limitation on the payment of fees and 8 costs; providing an effective date. 9 10 WHEREAS, on December 12, 2006, Melvin and Alma Colindres 11 called the City of Miami police department seeking help with 12 their severely autistic and intellectually disabled son, Kevin 13 Colindres, and 14 WHEREAS, the police officers who arrived at the Colindres’ 15 home were supposed to have been trained on interaction with and 16 restraint of the mentally ill, such as Kevin Colindres, along 17 with appropriate monitoring of an in-custody suspect’s vital 18 signs and the administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation 19 (CPR), and 20 WHEREAS, at the time of the first police officer’s arrival 21 to the Colindres’ home, Kevin Colindres was calmly seated on the 22 couch in the living room, and 23 WHEREAS, the initial police officer who arrived at the 24 Colindres house followed her training and the City of Miami’s 25 policies and procedures and approached Kevin Colindres in a 26 quiet and non-threatening manner and the situation remained 27 stable, and 28 WHEREAS, the police officers then placed Kevin Colindres 29 into custody, handcuffing him behind the back and taking him out 30 of the house, where the police officers placed him prone on the 31 ground and applied a hobble restraint to his ankles, and 32 WHEREAS, in violation of their training and the City of 33 Miami’s policies and procedures, the police officers left Kevin 34 Colindres prone on the ground and applied weight to his back, 35 and 36 WHEREAS, in violation of their training and the City of 37 Miami’s policies and procedures, the police officers left Kevin 38 Colindres in this position in excess of 10 minutes, and 39 WHEREAS, in violation of their training and the City of 40 Miami’s policies and procedures, the police officers failed to 41 appropriately check Kevin Colindres’ vital signs, and 42 WHEREAS, in violation of their training and the City of 43 Miami’s policies and procedures, upon realizing that Kevin 44 Colindres had stopped breathing, the officers failed to advise 45 the fire rescue department of the urgency of the matter, thereby 46 delaying the response by fire rescue personnel, and 47 WHEREAS, Kevin Colindres asphyxiated, causing him to suffer 48 anoxic encephalopathy, and 49 WHEREAS, on January 5, 2007, Kevin Colindres died as a 50 result of his injuries, and 51 WHEREAS, the police officers of the City of Miami were 52 negligent in their actions, which directly resulted in the death 53 of Kevin Colindres, and 54 WHEREAS, a tort claim was filed on behalf of Melvin and 55 Alma Colindres, as personal representatives of the Estate of 56 Kevin Colindres, Case Number 07-13294 CA 01, in the Circuit 57 Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, and 58 WHEREAS, the City of Miami filed a Motion for Arbitration 59 that was granted by the court, and 60 WHEREAS, an arbitration was held and the arbitrator awarded 61 the Estate of Kevin Colindres $2,750,000, and 62 WHEREAS, the City of Miami chose not to seek a de novo 63 trial, and 64 WHEREAS, the court granted final judgment in favor of the 65 Estate of Kevin Colindres in the amount of $2,750,000, plus 66 interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum, and 67 WHEREAS, the City of Miami has agreed to pay $200,000 to 68 Melvin and Alma Colindres, as personal representatives of Estate 69 of Kevin Colindres, pursuant to its statutory limits of 70 liability, and 71 WHEREAS, the City of Miami has a private insurance policy 72 to pay all claims in excess of $500,000, NOW, THEREFORE, 73 74 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 75 76 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 77 found and declared to be true. 78 Section 2. The City of Miami is authorized and directed to 79 appropriate $2,550,000 from funds of the city not otherwise 80 appropriated, as well as insurance, and to draw a warrant in the 81 sum of $2,550,000, plus interest at the rate of 6 percent per 82 annum, payable to Melvin and Alma Colindres, as personal 83 representatives of the Estate of Kevin Colindres, as 84 compensation for the wrongful death of Kevin Colindres due to 85 negligence by police officers of the City of Miami. 86 Section 3. The amount paid by the City of Miami pursuant to 87 s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and the amount awarded under this 88 act are intended to provide the sole compensation for all 89 present and future claims arising out of the factual situation 90 described in this act which resulted in the death of Kevin 91 Colindres. The total amount paid for attorney’s fees, lobbying 92 fees, costs, and other similar expenses relating to this claim 93 may not exceed 25 percent of the total amount awarded under this 94 act. 95 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.