One half of the dynamic dispatch duo who failed to render aid to a pregnant Au Bon Pain worker having an asthma attack is being charged with Official Misconduct.
Melissa Jackson surrendered to authorities today on the heels of the decision to criminally charge her. She and her then boyfriend Jason Green both worked as dispatchers at the FDNY MetroTech Communications Center. It was in the Au Bon Pain store where the couple were taking a break, in uniform, that Eutisha Rennix suffered from an asthma attack. Jackson and Green were asked to help but did nothing to help Rennix other than making a phone call. Rennix and her unborn child later died.
New York Penal Code:
§ 195.00 Official misconduct.
A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with intent to obtain a benefit or deprive another person of a benefit:
1. He commits an act relating to his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act is unauthorized; or
2. He knowingly refrains from performing a duty which is imposed upon him by law or is clearly inherent in the nature of his office.
Official misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.
FDNY had suspended Jackson and Green for a period of 30-days as per union rules.
Jason Green was shot and killed back in July of this year outside of a club. Police have said that his murder was not related to the Rennix case. He was recently memorialized at the FDNY Memorial at West 100 Street and Riverside Drive.
Melissa Jackson is therefore facing the charges, and up to 1 year in prison, alone.
Source: Daily News