“He Can’t Breath” – Casey Kressin Retained By Police On Way To The Hospital – Dies

caseykressin_featured_jpgHe was only 3 miles from the emergency room when Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin police pulled over the car for speeding through a red light. The car was driven by Leah Hryniewicki, Casey Kressin’s girlfriend. Casey was having a severe asthma attack. It was November 30, 2014, the last day of the 29-year-old Casey’s life.

A reeling Casey exited the car and kneeled to the ground and asked for his inhaler as he wheezed away, police said. Police said that Leah also jumped out and yelled to the officer that the man was having an asthma attack and that he needed to get to the emergency room.

The officer would not allow Leah to put Casey in her car and finish the three miles, neither would he put Casey in his cruiser and take him to the hospital. The officer called for an ambulance, which arrived about six minutes later. Casey was unresponsive when the ambulance arrived and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy Stelter says she stands by her officer, who followed protocol. Stelter said that Leah should not have been allowed to drive the rest of the way because she was hysterical, and Casey was not put in the squad car because the officer believed that it would have been more exertion than Casey could have handled.

It was caught on dash cam. Viewer discretion advised.

R.I.P., Casey Kressin



Posted on 12/14/2014, in Trials & Cases, Uncategorized, Videos and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 63 Comments.

  1. “calm down and relax, take deep breaths” That officer didn’t really just say that, did he?


    • Yeah he did Mindyme, and he also told Casey that he would be okay.


      • They went by protocol?
        Well, I’ll just be damned. When someone is dieing right in front of you and you are worried about protocol????.
        Give me a fn break!!!!!
        Since when were they ever worried about protocol?

        Casey can’t breath and he’s saying you’re going to be alright, when Casey knew he wasn’t. Not one of the cops had any sense??
        I’m sure she was fine driving Casey there until the bastards decided she was hysterical.
        She was hysterical because she knew time was being wasted, when she was getting him there she knew they would make it.
        She was hysterical because out of 4/5 cops NONE of them could help??

        “take deep breaths”???? when he was saying I CAN’T BREATH?
        What stupid idiots and there wasn’t ANY traffic!!!!
        Casey should be here and the cops can forget about it while his girlfriend and child will live this nighmare forever.


        • I bet his girlfriend will spend every waking moment of the rest of her life regretting her decision to stop for the police


          • I know mindy! : (
            What a heartbreaker.
            One morning my husband came back to bed and said he didn’t like the way his arm and chest felt.
            I said Let’s go!!!!
            We left, I was calm, try to make every light. There wasn’t much traffic on Sunday. We got there in less than 20 minutes. I let him out and told them he was having chest pains.
            They said by the EKG it didn’t show a heart attack.
            I was sitting listening to the dr. and nurses still calm, but all of a sudden, my husband started sweating heavily and was going to throw up. It didn’t look like they were concerned, until then I was calm, BUT at least tell me they’re taking care of it.
            I told the guy he’s sweating and sick, he didn’t respond. Later on he asked my husband if he felt better, he had given him that med. under his tongue.
            His heart dr. saw something in his blood she didn’t like, told me the next morning he had had a heart attack and the put a stint in and he was fine.
            She told me we got there in time.
            Long story, but if we had waited for any reason instead of going straight to the ER, it would have been at least an hour. 40 minutes or more and it would have been too late.
            If we had been stopped by cops hoping they would help, he probably wouldn’t be here.
            I FEEL so bad for his girlfriend, she was doing the best she could and IF ( I know money doesn’t bring them back ) but I would sue the pants off of the police and the city.
            After seeing this video, any citizen could relate. She was calm when she got out of the car.
            Damn idiots, he can’t even sit up, much less breath. If he could he would have.
            His girlfriend stay calm?????


          • That’s what I was thinking. If I had a loved one so bad off I think I would have taken my chances and drove those few miles and dealt with the police after they were safe at hospital.


  2. This is so heartbreaking, they allowed him to die. I don’t think the girlfriend was not too upset to drive him to the hospital. Rest in Perfect Peace Casey 😭😭😭💔💔💔


    • Ladylove, I agree that the girlfriend could have driven. She was hysterical because she knew Casey needed help. Once given confidence that he would get help, she probably would have calmed down. I think of situations like women in labor — hysterical and loud until they get help.


  3. roderick2012

    Jesus, what ever happened to common sense?


    • Roderick,
      We know that cops assume that people are lying. And, we know that some try to be physicians, lawyers, and other professions. in their assessment of whether people are telling the truth. What was that they said to Eric? — if you’re talking, you’re breathing?


  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    So very heartbreaking.

    Rest in peace, Casey.

    Praying for his loved ones.


    Hard to explain the feelings.
    I’m so angry. Police speed all of the time around here for NO reason.
    Why in the hell didn’t they just get him to the hospital??????
    They have sirens!!!
    My heart is just broken and goes out to Casey and his girlfriend! : (


    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Why in the hell didn’t they just get him to the hospital??????
      They have sirens!!!

      Exactly, Loly. Casey should be alive today!


      • Absolutely yahtzee!
        I wonder if they have ever had anyone in their family that couldn’t breath?
        There wasn’t ANY traffic. They could have gotten him there in plenty of time.
        I hope they feel good knowing that could have been help in saving his life instead
        of a hindrance in getting him there in time.
        His girlfriend Leah probably wasn’t in a panic until the idiots came along.
        They really don’t care.
        Tell her to calm down???? HEllooooooo!! And him to relax!
        What idiots and there were three????


  6. georgiakevin

    Yet another example of law enforcement out of control.


    • yahtzeebutterfly

      This was such an unnecessary death! The officer seemed to lack proper training and common sense!

      Liked by 1 person

      • That officer, like so many, proceed with the bias of believing that all people lie. Did you get where he asked if Casey was drunk? Training can’t give common sense. Common sense says that if a person is hysterical because someone needs help, the way to stop the hysteria is to get help. He didn’t have to allow her to get back in the car, but he could have immediately radioed for an ambulance instead of asking questions first.


    • Hey Kevin! Yes — and an example of cops who are not physicians trying to make a medical diagnosis.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    😦 I have asthma… when you can’t breathe, nothing else matters. This is heartbreaking.


  8. yahtzeebutterfly

    At timestamp 0:30 in the video at this linked article, you can see Cassey Kressin being interviewed:

    Home Alone: What age can kids handle the responsibility?”


    I can see what a loving, protective father he was. I ache so much for his family.


  9. I wouldn’t have ever stopped for the police. There is nothing they can do. Just have them chase me to the hospital. I’ll answer questions later.


  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    Here is a video of a police officer who knew how to help:

    Dramatic Moment Cop on His Coffee Break Saved Asthmatic Man’s Life”

    But, here is a video of a LE officer who let an 11 year old asthmatic child die during a traffic stop:

    Cop Lets 11 Year Old Girl With Asthma Die Over A Traffic Stop

    Uploaded on Sep 1, 2010


  11. I was in a situation like that once. The cop allowed me to take my son to the hosp. He followed me with his sirens on. I can’t believe no one allowed her to take him nor the police. This is heartbreaking. How do the (cops) treat their own family members anyway? UGH!


  12. Dreamer9177

    My heart goes out to the families involved in this tragedy. There is no reason for this to have happened other than brutality and neglect for a fellow human being.
    The very notion of “Protect and Serve” has vanished from law enforcement. They act as Judge, Jury and Executioner without fear of punishment. I watched a documentary recently from the UK about a tragedy at a football match in which people were killed. One of the former policemen interviewed stated that the job of the police was to PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM HARM, he acknowledged that they had failed in this, but the sentiment struck me. He said that only after that first responsibility were the police to apprehend criminals. The logic was that if there was a threat that the public would be protected by the initial police presence and that the officers arriving later would be able to handle the situation. Sad that our police have run amok, exercising brutality without fear of repercussions. Behavior like this is the sign of a corrupt system that is being protected, and not the sign of a system that is working to protect the people..


    • yahtzeebutterfly


      Thanks for sharing info from the UK documentary and what the former policeman stated as far as what the first responsibility of the police was (“To protect the public from HARM”).

      I so agree with your feeling and viewpoint that

      “Sad that our police have run amok, exercising brutality without fear of repercussions. Behavior like this is the sign of a corrupt system that is being protected, and not the sign of a system that is working to protect the people..”

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    OMG!!! I can’t believe this was “following protocol”!!?? Protect and serve … where was the protection for this man??


  14. roderick2012

    This is beyond disgusting.

    The police interviewed John Crawford’s girlfriend for over 90 minutes attempting to get her to say that Crawford brought the gun into WalMart so they could absolve themselves of responsibility and only after they complete the interview do they tell her that he’s dead.

    John Crawford III walked into a Beavercreek, Ohio, Wal-Mart on Aug. 5. He was there with his girlfriend, Tasha Thomas, to get marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. The plan was to make s’mores for a family cookout.

    Once at the store, he picked up an unboxed BB gun from the shelf and began walking the aisles.

    Police, who were called to the scene, shot Crawford moments after they arrived. Now, a video has surfaced showing the police interrogation of Thomas, who was accused of lying, threatened with jail time and asked if she was high on drugs.

    For over an hour, police questioned Thomas, 26, who had been taken directly from the shooting to the police station. During the interrogation, Thomas offered to take a lie detector test and eventually ended up swearing on the lives of her family that Crawford did not have a gun when he entered the store, according to The Guardian, which viewed the tape.

    “You lie to me and you might be on your way to jail,” Detective Rodney Curd told Thomas on the recording as she cried. The 94-minute police video was released to The Guardian by “the office of Mike DeWine, the Ohio attorney general, in response to a public records request” made by the newspaper.

    Here’s the clincher:

    “As a result of his actions, he is gone,” Curd finally said to Thomas, almost an hour-and-a-half after the fatal shooting occurred. An already breathless Thomas slumped in her chair and cried, the Guardian reports.



    • Roderick, when I watched that video I felt sick to the stomach. The detective was trying to get her to say that John had a gun and had planned some sort of mass murder plot. No justice. No trust.


      • They were still in the mode of Ritchie’s 911 call, that Crawford had a real gun and was intending on mass murder. This is why Ritchie should be prosecuted for the deaths of 2 people, his actions started this madness. They treated her like she was a criminal who had a part in it.


  15. This dumb shit cop doesn’t know that he can’t take deep breaths !!!!! WTF does he think asthma is !! ?? !!

    He asks if he’s been drinking…..Wahhhhhhh !!

    At 8:45 he says “You’re alright” No……wrong, he’s one step from a slow deaths door ya dumb shit.

    These stories are so bad and all preventable.

    Do these cops think people say “…..shit dude…..cops lights are on……fake dying from an asthma attack”


    • Racer, didn’t you know? Cops are now licensed physicians able to diagnose. There was a case years ago of a family on their way to the hospital because they received a call that their mom was dying and wanted to speak with them. They drove over the speed limit, the cops pursued but the family didn’t stop until they entered the parking lot of the ER. Without any questions, the cops demanded that they get on the ground. Not only did they not bother to confirm what the people were saying, they actually handcuffed them. If I remember the city where that happened, I might be able to find the story.


      • The ones we see in these videos proves most of them are nothing short of Nazi Storm Troopers. Not a lick of common sense or compassion among them. I know at least in NJ a cop can give an escort out of his jurisdiction using siren & lights in a medical emergency. My dad did such on several occasions when waiting for an ambulance could be the difference between life & death. One of them he took an accident victim in his patrol car about 5 miles to the closest hosp. He radioed to his station to call by land line to the ER what was going on. This was in the late 60’s and they needed to blood type the man asap.

        That’s how the cops are supposed to “protect and to serve” not taser a 76 year old man moving a used car for his boss. or asking a man if he’s drunk when you can clearly tell he’s having a terrible time breathing…….then tell him “…it’s okay” It’s not okay dippy, he died, and the real world has a problem with it.


  16. Police need to take a good look at themselves. They are not human any more – just becoming androids who only follow a programme on their computers and are unable to respond to human suffering.


    • Raewyn,
      What an excellent articulation! It’s been a long time since I was in school, but even then I remember that during fire drills and emergencies, the teachers gave instructions calmly. They didn’t yell, “get in line get in line. Get in the hall get in the hall go now go now go go go.” Yet, I’ve seen so many videos of law enforcement yelling instructions and at times, to persons who were minding their own business. The average person does not respond quickly to verbal chaos. We are more inclined to ask “What did I hear?”


  17. peni4yothot

    Thought I would post an off topic again, however as I clicked and saw yet another life lost thru LE negligence.. What happen to “let me escort you and or let’s get him in the back of a squad car?” RIPower, Casey

    On topic: God, yet another # Brandon Tate-Brown in Philadelphia.


  18. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you Xena! As an asthmatic myself, I find this deeply scary. When the desire for absolute control and addiction to protocol combine, the results are nearly always detrimental.
    Because I live in America where poor people are disposable; I was unable to access the machine and medicine needed for my asthma as a child. At that time a simple nebulizer and compressor were $500. My Mom had been teaching me yoga for years when I was diagnosed with asthma, so I naturally thought of using yoga breathing techniques. I wish there were an easy way to teach these exercises to all asthmatics in every country-especially those like America where health care and medicine are privilege based. I know they saved my life many times.
    Obviously we need a huge change in the way police officers are taught to deal with citizens if this case is considered to be doing a good job following the rules. Since even mandated change takes time to happen, I think a mass grass roots movement to share our own solutions while we push for change is also needed.


    • Hey ohnwentsya! Thanks for the reblog and your comment. There’s a fairly recent commercial about asthma where the voice of a child is talking, and the picture is that of a fish out of water. That’s a scary feeling.

      Liked by 1 person

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  20. yahtzeebutterfly

    B.G. ‏@guarantdswahili 2h2 hours ago
    Thank you to @repjohnlewis: On Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and the ‘other America’
    http://theatln.tc/1GoSh2T for his acts, words, and deeds.


  21. Aye………….another soothing background cmas boarder.


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