October 19, 2004

Kid swallows cocaine & dies, mother sues police

Parents of a 16 year-old boy who died after swallowing cocaine are suing the city of Dearborn, MI's police department for $50 million dollars.

Lawyers for the family of Quantrell Pryor claim that police saw Pryor swallow the cocaine, yet did not take him to the hospital until it was too late to save the boy.

"The doctor said if he would have gotten here in 30 minutes or earlier, or even an hour earlier it would have made such a difference," said LaTanya Pryor, the teen's mother.

Dearborn police stopped Pryor last Tuesday outside the JC Penney department store at Fairlane Mall when they noticed the left rear window was broken out in the vehicle he was driving.

Pryor panicked and swallowed cocaine he had in his possession, according to the station's reports.

Pryor was taken by squad car to the Dearborn police station at about 5 p.m. Police said he repeatedly denied that he had ingested any drugs when questioned by officers.

Pryor was transferred by ambulance to Oakwood Hospital from police custody after going into convulsions inside an observation cell at about 6:20 p.m., police said.

Several questions beg to be asked here: firstly, if police officers did see him swallow the cocaine, does normal procedure suggest they automatically take him to the hospital? Secondly, the mother appears, at least from the published reports in the local press, not to deal with any of her son's guilt. It's all the fault of the police, in her mind.

It sounds like she's more concerned with the money, her claims to the contrary notwithstanding.

I'm sorry. The cops, nor the city, are not responsible for her son's stupidity.

Posted by mhking at October 19, 2004 11:09 AM

Darwinism at its finest.

Posted by: Sharp as a Marble at October 19, 2004 11:15 AM

If they did know he had ingested a large amount and i emphasise the if, then they should have taken him to a hospital. That said the guy sounds like a complete plank. If you are carrying enough on you for the police to hit you with trafficking or intent to distribute then it is likely to be a quantity large enough to kill you if you eat it.

Posted by: young-white-and-liberal at October 19, 2004 11:38 AM

The blame should be on the root of the cause, which was him having illegal drugs in the first place. And I know his mother knew he either sold drugs or used them. So why is the police being blamed? Instead of the police being sued, the mother should be taken to jail for manslaughter for not preventing her son to use/sell illegal drugs.

Posted by: Tavares Forby at October 19, 2004 11:58 AM

Dumb, dumb dumb.

Posted by: Lola at October 19, 2004 04:51 PM


Posted by: beau at October 22, 2004 08:01 AM


Posted by: dayady at October 25, 2004 06:41 PM

First of that is my cousin life that was taken away. It doesn't matter if he sold or used drugs. No one deserves to die in the fashion. He was treated like he was nothing and to Tavares and Beau put your one of your family memebers in the situtation, you wouldnt feel that way. You cant watch you child every movement. So in no way is LaTony guilty of anything. If anything those dirty a.., police officers are guilty because they didn't have any value for his life nor their job. I hope they are put under the jail and abused for the way they did Quanny, beaten and left to die. They should suffer to the maxium extent

Posted by: Crystal at November 12, 2004 04:44 PM

why is it that parents always find someone else to blame for their kid's behavior. It is obvious that the mother did not teach her child the dangers of drugs. Why is she trying to blame the cops for her bad parenting? I feel bad for this kid because he should not have died this way. However, I also believe that if the cops did see him swallow the cocaine and they chose not to do anything, then they are just as guilty as the mother for not intervening. After all he was just a kid.

Posted by: ncentrey at November 19, 2004 04:30 PM

Me and my Brother DRE was his friend for about 6 years until i moved from the Plymonth Square projects where we stay for about 12 years. I hope his mother wins, R.i.p

Posted by: Joshua Richardson at December 7, 2004 02:59 PM

What the F**K Beau that was my nigga that died and you make fun of S**T like that H*. Just no when someone in your family dies think of what F**K you said H*.And Ms. Pryor thought him every thing she could and my Nigga did what he had to do.

Posted by: Joshua Richardson at December 7, 2004 03:14 PM

Quanny was a friend of mine and there was a time when we got to be on a very close level. What a lot of people may not understand is no matter what he was doing whether it was wrond or not, his life should not be gone away because of it. He was special and very smart if you really listened to what he was saying. It is sad that people could be so simple minded in saying that it was his mother's fault or that he was dumb. Have a little compassion for his soul and the people still here on earth that cared about him. In no way was it his mother's fault Quanny knew exactly what he was doing and believe me his mind may have been made up but in no way should his life be gone for any reason because it could have been prevented. I know he was probably scared and you have to realize that we all make mistakes but the mistake that Quanny made should not have cost him his life. The Dearborne police knew exactly what they were doing and it is very cruel and evil that the officers that arrested him didn't help him and treated him like a dog. No matter if what he was doing was illegal Quanny could have still been her his death was preventable. He is gone because those B****es wanted him to be gone. He was only 16 and today is his birthdayhe would have been 17 but he is gone ang yes I took him for granted but we all miss him.

Posted by: Corinne at December 15, 2004 09:30 AM

some people in this world are just cruel. Here some of you are making fun of this kid(beau)and he lost his life. That kid was only 17 years old and swallowing the crack cocaine was probably A first reaction.If he was scared then you can not blame him. but you can blame the dearborn police for being stupid and inconsiderate of a young black males life. obviously if they asked him questions about ingesting the drug then they knew what he had done. they should have taken him to the hospital. It is not his mothers fault at all. she could only tell her son right from wrong and trust that he listens. We have lost a life of yet another young black male that could have been successful.

Posted by: kandy at December 19, 2004 10:58 AM

Seems like stuff like this happens with the Daerborn police. Geoffrey Feiger(yeah, I know he's an idiot!) has a lawsuit going against them over an incident where some officers were called to the scene of a disturbance in east Dearborn. A 17 year old kid had his neck broken when he was, according to Feiger, was assaulted by the police. I've been verbally abused and threatened by a Dearborn cop during a traffic stop. Sure, I was driving like a knucklehead but that didn't give him the right to tell me that "someone may just drag my ass behind one of these buildings and beat the hell out of me" for driving stupid in Dearborn. But, what can I do about it? Nothing. Who would the mayor or police chief believe if I told them about that incident?

Posted by: shark at December 22, 2004 08:58 PM

It's sad that the kid died.

However, if you swallow your stash what happens next is your fault -- particularly if you deny doing it and the police don't have any hard evidence that you did.

The police do not have the right to force you to empty your stomach without probable cause: to save the kid's life would have violated his rights.

The kid would rather die than tell the truth about the crack he swallowed, and the law grants him that right. It was a brave choice. It was his choice.

Posted by: The Right to Die at January 12, 2005 09:28 PM

another case of someone just trying to make a buck. The crack heads mother is the one just trying to make the buck or 50 million. His life was not even worth that much. It is his responsibility to tell the police if he swallowed the crack after being pulled over for driving in a stolen car. Dismiss the lawsuit!!!

Posted by: a at February 6, 2005 06:14 PM

if your going to swallow crack do it on your own time and your own watch not on the time of police officer which they may be held resonsible for your actions in the world we live in. The police did noting wrong. They should not be responsible at all.

Posted by: he committed suicide at February 6, 2005 06:17 PM

Quanny was my friend he was real cool he stayed in the same square where my aunt use to stay. I moved from detroit to south carolina and im just now finding out. I personaly dont think that the comments are called for(Beau)and it's not ms.reeds fault it is dearborn police fault because obviously they must of seen him swalloe something and asked him about it knowing they should of takeing him to the hospital. But it be alright god go take care cause he knows who's responsible.
Ms.Reed keep ya head up and stay strong you need help im always in the square wit ms.C

R.I.P. Quanny lu v ya and see when i get there.

Posted by: Elisha at February 11, 2005 06:38 AM

No matter which way this is looked at people are going to think what they what to. If you were there at the time that this happened then you really don't know what happened. No, the kid did not deserve to die, but he is the one that killed himself and that sucks for his family. But the blame is not the police. They did not put the crack in his mouth and make him eat it. And the mom trying to get money is not going to get her son back. When things go wrong people always look for someone to blame, which in this case is the police. If the police weren't there then people that were close to the kid would blame whoever else was around. Do you really think the officers wanted that kid to die? What do they get out of it? Nothing but promblems. He was doing something wrong and got caught. And the out comes sucks for all parties involved. The officer have to live with it and so dose the mom. And the one to blame is the kid. It sucks for someone you love to die, but what can you do when they do it to themselves.

Posted by: Jordan at February 14, 2005 01:11 PM

I think its the police fault...They dont hardly ever do they job..but when they see a young black man in a car they mess with them..Lets b honest the po pos thought he was in a stolen car but he wasnt! Anyway Quanny was one of BestFriends so i jus here to show a lil of my luv! And for all yall that think Ms.Reed is trying to get some money can kiss my a55...Fuk all ya'll, u only kno what u heard! Which is nothing! Love ya Quannie!

Posted by: Teonna aka Lucky at February 20, 2005 03:48 PM

I am sorry that the kid died. It is not the fault of the police, or his mother, that he swallowed the crack. He swallowed the crack and he died. Crack is illegal because it is bad for you. He know the crack was illegal, that's why he swallowed it.

If you shoot at a cop and they shoot back at you is that the fault of the cop?

Posted by: Dearborn Resident at May 10, 2005 03:03 PM

listen,, first the paper said that he was in a stolen vehicle, next his so called friend that was with him fled, next he had crack on him,,,, whos at fault???? the police always seem to be the blame but maybe,, just maybe it was the youths fault for following his peers. its sad that he died but maybe if he woulda said he swallowed crack the police woulda taken him to the hospital 1st. hmmmmm? sounds reasonable and we are all human,,, not perfect

Posted by: concerned person at May 11, 2005 08:21 PM

The police are definitely not the ones at fault. The mother is not the one at fault. The boy who did this probably didn't realize that it would kill him, it's sad but ultimately it was the worst choice of his life.

Suing the city for money won't bring him back, all the money in the world won't bring him back.

Posted by: Unfortunate at May 18, 2005 01:12 PM
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