Perry Galloway, 54 of Wheeling, was a well-known advocate for equality and youth.
He died March 31, 2015, when he was pulled over by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
His daughter, Chaundraya Goodwin, says her father told them he was ill, but they paid no attention until it was too late.
Jeff Grove, attorney for Goodwin, said the troopers repeatedly insisted that Galloway was carrying illegal drugs, even though he told him that was not true.
Grove says it’s tragically apparent on the trooper’s videotape that Galloway–who suffered from diabetes and a heart condition–was becoming progressively sicker by the minute.
“From the minute they pulled him over, he told them he was not feeling well,” said Grove. “He told them of his medical conditions.”
The highway patrol video reportedly shows that they allowed him to take his medications.
But Attorney Grove contends they spent the next 40 minutes insisting that there were drugs somewhere in the car, calling in a drug dog, moving Galloway to the back of their cruiser and searching his car.
Meanwhile, Galloway was alone in the back of the cruiser, getting worse.
“He told the officer he couldn’t move,” said Grove.
He said the video is difficult to watch.
Grove said one officer finally told another to call a squad.
And Grove said the officer reportedly told Galloway, “we’ll call you a squad, but that’s not going to save you from going to jail.”
Meanwhile, he said Galloway was deteriorating, shaking and unresponsive.
Grove said the troopers then took Galloway out of the cruiser and placed him on the ground.
“No CPR or other efforts were made,” said Grove. “Instead the officers were just talking to Perry, saying, ‘Come on, now, don’t do this to me.’ And when the EMS arrives and asks what happened, they say he must have swallowed something.”
In the end, Grove points out, no illegal drugs were found Galloway’s system or his car.
An autopsy showed he died of a cardiac event.
His daughter, Chaundraya Goodwin, says he was a voice for the voiceless and a good father.
“He would take us to bookstores and we would pick out books and read together,” said Goodwin. “He made sure we valued education.”
But it was his passion for equality that made her pursue this case.
“He never really turned anyone away who needed him,” she said.