Kristiana Coignard's Story
17-Year-Old Girl Killed by Longview Police
On January 22, 2015, 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard entered the lobby of
the Longview Police Department and used the lobby phone to speak with
officers, stating that she needed help. After a brief physical altercation
with police, the young woman was subdued on the lobby floor and shot dead
just moments later by two of the three responding officers. The Coignard
family and the public have been left asking: What happened? What possibly
could have justified this use of deadly force?
Attorney Tim Maloney and Maloney & Campolo are representing the Coignard
family as they seek answers to the
senseless death of their daughter, whom they say was mentally ill.
The incident, which was caught on the police station's surveillance
cameras, indicates little effort by Longview officers to defuse the situation,
or—more importantly—to employ alternative, non-lethal means
to subdue Kristiana.
Kristiana's death is still a matter of much speculation and investigation,
but this much is clear: the Coignards – and communities across Texas
– deserve to know what police policies, procedures, and protocols
led to her death. At this time, we are helping the Coignards gather all
the information needed to determine whether a wrongful death suit is appropriate
and if the Longview police can be held liable for Kristiana's death
in a court of law. The goal is for crisis intervention training –
specifically dealing with mental health awareness to become mandatory
for all law enforcement agencies.
Statement from the Coignard Family
February 6, 2015
- "As the parents of Kristiana Coignard, we wish to express our sincere
thanks for the tremendous outpouring of sympathy for the inexcusable loss
of our daughter. The outrage being expressed by various groups and individuals
is certainly understandable and justified.
At present we are investigating all possible options and on Monday, February 9
th at 10:30 a.m. in San Antonio, Texas, we will be discussing our future
plans with the media. A press conference will take place at the Law Offices
of Maloney & Campolo at 926 S. Alamo, San Antonio, Texas. We have
retained the services of attorney Tim Maloney to assist us in this matter.
While the horror of this tragedy may stir strong emotions, we respectfully
request a calm and dignified response from those groups who may wish to
publicly organize. Again, thank you for your support in this incredibly
Media Coverage of the Kristiana Coignard Case
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