Cops responding to dying teen’s 911 calls didn’t get out of car to look for him


The cops who responded to a Cincinnati teen’s desperate 911 calls as he was suffocating to death under the seat of his minivan did not even bother to get out of their patrol car to look for him, bodycam footage shows.

The footage, released Friday, shows Cincinnati Officers Edsel Osborne and Brian Brazil driving around the parking lot of Seven Hills School at around 3:15 p.m. on April 10 as they search for Kyle Plush, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Plush, 16, called 911 twice earlier that day and told dispatch he was in “desperate need of help” after he got in a freak accident, and was pinned by a bench seat in the back of his minivan.

“This is not a joke,” Plush told 911 operator. “I’m almost dead. Tell my mom I love her if I die.”

Officials said the cops looked for the teen for 11 minutes, but the footage only shows about 3 minutes of their search. The officers did not check all the school’s parking lot, according to The Enquirer.

“I don’t see nobody, which I didn’t imagine I would,” one of the officers said in the video.

As music plays in the background one officer quips: “These kids drive betters cars than you do.”

The cops were at the school when Plush called 911 a second time, providing more detail, including a better description of the van, a gold Honda Odyssey — but the 911 operator said she never heard it, the outlet reported.

Plush’s body was found about six hours later. Authorities say he died of asphyxia, from his chest being compressed under the seat.

The 911 operator has been put on administrative leave while the authorities continue to probe what went wrong.


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