Posts Tagged ‘Prison Abuse’

Kansas Prison Medical Staff Sued After Ignoring Pleas for Help from Inmate who Died of Brain-Eating Fungus

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

A lawsuit was filed Monday against three doctors and 11 nurses who work at a prison in Kansas as well as the company contracted to provide medical services for inmates throughout the state’s prison system after medical staff ignored an inmate who told them, “it feels like something is eating my brain.”
Even after Marques Davis, 27, became so confused he drank his own urine, employees for Corizon Correctional Healthcare neglected his cries for help at Hutchinson Correctional Facility in Kansas.
Corizon Correctional Healthcare, has been sued 660 times over a 5-year period, according to the ACLU.
The lawsuit, filed by Kansas City attorney Leland Dempsy on behalf of Davis’ family, alleges he was denied “meaningful medical treatment” for eight months after he began complaining of symptoms.
According to the lawsuit, a CT scan taken after Davis suffered a heart attack in April revealed “dramatic swelling of the brain sufficient to force the upper part of the brain down into the lower brain.”
After his heart attack, Davis was finally hospitalized.
But he died the next day.
Attorneys representing Shermaine Walker, Davis’s mother, say Davis’s condition was “readily diagnosable” and treatable.
But Walker says all they would do is take blood, give her son Ibuprofen then send him back.
“I was calling the jail every day,” she said, according to the New York Daily News.
“He’s telling me, they haven’t done anything. They would give him ibuprofen and send him back.”
 Walker said when Davis made complaints to medical staff about something being wrong with his head, he was ignored.

“He says, ‘mom, whatever is going on with me, it’s messing with my mind.’ He would tell me this on a daily basis,” she said.
Marques Davis’ pleas for medical help at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility went ignored by Corizon Correctional Healthcare staff, even after a brain fungus began eating his brain, causing him

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WATCH: Ohio Deputies Pepper Spray Man Strapped in Restraint Chair

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A Ohio sheriff’s department once again has been exposed on video pepper spraying a detainee strapped in a restraint chair, a disturbing incident that took place a month after an almost identical video surfaced that was written off as an “isolated” incident by the sheriff who runs the jail.
The practice does not seem very isolated considering the victim in the latest attack expressed fear about getting strapped to the chair before he even saw the chair.
“I’m not going in the chair, am I?” asks Charles Wade as soon as he soon as he steps into the Montgomery County Jail after being arrested on drunk driving charges on October 17, 2016.
Sure enough, deputies announce that they will “chair him,” which means strapping him into a full-body 7-point restraint chair, described as providing “the most secure way to restrain violent or combative prisoners while ensuring officer safety.”
“I am not resisting,” Wade says in the video. “I’m not doing anything to fight you guys. If you cause any pain, my lawyer will know about it.”
He also repeatedly pleads that “I can’t breathe” as they pepper spray him multiple times.
Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer
The video was obtained by a local journalist and activist named David Esrati who posted it on his website, showing Wade being processed at Montgomery County Jail on drunk driving charges.
Esrati, a longtime critic of Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, described the video as follows:
Charles Alexander Wade is no choir boy. He’s a 37 year old black man who has had his share of run ins with the law. No stranger to the Montgomery County jail, he’s asking if he’s going to be “chaired” as the deputies are removing him from the back of the State Highway Patrol cruiser, where he is lying face down across the backseat, with his hands cuffed behind

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Michigan Sheriff Backs Staff who Forced Woman to Give Birth on Dirty Jail Floor

Monday, February 13th, 2017

A Michigan sheriff is defending a county jail’s decision to withhold treatment from a woman who gave birth in a jail after staff members refused to believe she was going into labor.
A lawmaker is now urging state investigators to look at the case, the same jail previously probed by federal investigators for the deaths of two inmates refused hospitalization in the past four years.
Jessica Preston was pulled over in March last year for a rosary hanging from her rear view mirror that police claimed obstructed her view of the mirror. After police discovered her license was suspended, she was arrested and a judge ordered her to pay $10,000 cash bond for her first-ever driving offense. She was also ordered to appear in court five days later.
Eight months pregnant and unable to post her bond, Preston spent the next five days at a Detroit-area Macomb County jail where she says she went into childbirth without being allowed to see a doctor.
As jail surveillance video shows, Preston was denied medical attention three times by jail staffers who believed she was lying before a deputy finally allowed her to wait in the jail’s medical area.
“(They said), ‘We don’t believe you,” Preston told WDIV. “‘We think you’re lying and you’re not in labor. We’d be able to tell. There are certain things that are more apparent, so go back to your cell.’”
Preston said blood was running down her leg by her third visit with jail staffers, who declined to allow her to be treated at a hospital. Minutes later, Preston was attended by jail staff as she gave birth to five-pound Elijah on a jail resting mat.
“When I was on the floor, like, ‘Please don’t let me have this baby in here. Please just call an ambulance,’” Preston told WDIV.
“I pushed him out right

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Three South Carolina Prison Guards Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Handcuffed Inmate

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A male inmate was handcuffed in his cell when three guards stabbed the inmate multiple times. The stabbing occurred at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina.
Jarrell Boyan, 26, Pernell Fogle, 24, and Jaquan Smith, 24, have now been arrested for attempted murder and misconduct in office. And they have all been fired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charges against the three officers were announced on December 1st just one day after they were fired.
The incident took place on October 6, 2016 when the three officers rushed into an inmate’s cell, stabbing the inmate four times in the torso according to ABC Columbia.
The attempted murder charges could send the guards to prison for 30 years.
Little details are available now, but this is the second employee firing at the Kirkland Correctional Institution this week. Corrections Officer Tierra Armstrong hit a handcuffed male inmate in the face several times. Armstrong was arrested for 3rd degree assault and ultimately fired.
Under staffing and bad pay at the prison make the guards feel unsafe and in return they lash out on inmates.
 
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Three South Carolina Prison Guards Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Handcuffed Inmate

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A male inmate was handcuffed in his cell when three guards stabbed the inmate multiple times. The stabbing occurred at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina.
Jarrell Boyan, 26, Pernell Fogle, 24, and Jaquan Smith, 24, have now been arrested for attempted murder and misconduct in office. And they have all been fired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charges against the three officers were announced on December 1st just one day after they were fired.
The incident took place on October 6, 2016 when the three officers rushed into an inmate’s cell, stabbing the inmate four times in the torso according to ABC Columbia.
The attempted murder charges could send the guards to prison for 30 years.
Little details are available now, but this is the second employee firing at the Kirkland Correctional Institution this week. Corrections Officer Tierra Armstrong hit a handcuffed male inmate in the face several times. Armstrong was arrested for 3rd degree assault and ultimately fired.
Under staffing and bad pay at the prison make the guards feel unsafe and in return they lash out on inmates.
 
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Milwaukee Jailers Mock and Ignore Pregnant Inmate Going into Labor, Resulting in Baby’s Death, Lawsuit Claims

Friday, November 18th, 2016

A mentally ill inmate whose baby died after jailers laughed at her and ignored her requests for medical attention when her water broke is suing the Milwaukee County Jail where three other people have died since April.
Shade Swayzer is suing for $8.5 million, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who is reportedly being considered to head the Department of Homeland Security in President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration, supervises the jail.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement just days after the baby’s death denying responsibility, saying Swayzer’s baby was stillborn and that she never told jail staff she was even going into labor.
But Swayzer says her child was “born alive, cried profusely and was breastfed.”
Jason Jankowski, an attorney for Swayzer, said his client was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was taken into custody for a probation violation and that she was taken for a medical examination prior to being book into the jail.
After the examination, Swayzer was placed in the special needs unit at the jail, given prenatal vitamins just one time, and neglected medical attention for several days.
Jankowski filed a notice on behalf of Swayzer claiming that in the early morning of July 14, she informed an unnamed jailer that her water had broke and that she was going into labor.
But the jailer laughed at and ignored her calls for medical attention.
A jailer making a routine unit inspection in the Special Needs section found Swayzer holding her baby
Records show Swayzer gave birth at around 4 a.m. and wasn’t seen by medical staff until around 6 a.m.
Her baby reportedly died later that day.
The death of her baby comes just after medical examiners ruled inmate Terrill Thomas’ death a homicide after he was denied water and died of dehydration in his jail cell.
Federal and state prosecutors are reviewing Thomas’ death, which is being investigated as a criminal matter by the Milwaukee

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WATCH: Texas Jail Nurse Allows Woman to Die in Diabetic Coma after Refusing Requests to Test Blood Sugar

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The parents of an insulin-dependent 20-year-old diabetic woman who died in an Texas jail cell after a licensed nurse ignored her pleas and refused to help released a surveillance video of her death Thursday in hopes it will bring about changes in the “prison for profit” industry.
“We want to see things change in jails everywhere. Morgan had a family that loved her,” Jennifer Houser, the mother of Moran Angerbaur said.
“This has to change. Nobody deserves to die like that.”
Morgan Angerbauer, 20, died in her jail cell after medical staff refused to check her blood sugar levels until it was too late. Now, her parents are sharing the video in hopes to raise awareness and bring about change in jails across the country.
Morgan Angerbauer, 20, was booked into Bi-State Justice Building in Texarkana in the afternoon of June 28 for violation of her probation for possession of drugs – the same jail we reported on last month where guards killed a man on camera who told them multiple times, “I can’t breathe.”
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She was found dead in her cell three days later on July 1 after a jailhouse nurse refused to administer a blood sugar test – despite the fact Angerbauer banged on her cell door over several hours asking to get her blood tested.
Brittany Johnson, the licensed vocational nurse who refused her requests for blood tests, has since been charged with negligent homicide, a misdemeanor.
In the days leading to her death when they did test her blood, Angerbauer’s glucose readings were so high they exceeded the jail’s equipment’s testing range.
But she was never taken to the hospital.
The video shows Johnson, who admitted she refused to check on Angerbauer’s blood sugar, finally entering the cell at 4:12 a.m. after previously ignoring several of her cries for help.
Brittany

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Award-Winning New York Sheriff Refuses to Provide Details on Two Recent Inmate Deaths While Being Sued for Third Death

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Nobody at the Broome County Jail in New York is saying much about the two inmates who have died in less than a month.
In fact, the local district attorney’s office said it was not even aware of the latest death this week until contacted by the media.
And even then, Broome County District Attorney’s Chief Investigator Jason T. Ellis didn’t seem to really care.
“It is our understanding (that) the Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation,” Ellis said in the statement to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.
“We will review the matter to determine if further investigation is warranted.”
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Ellis seems to have a lot of confidence in Broome County Sheriff  David E. Harder, whose department oversees the 536-bed jail in the town of Dickinson, about three-and-a-half hours northwest of Manhattan.
But Sheriff Harder is already being sued for the death of a third inmate from last year, which he describes as a “bunch of crap.”
The lawsuit states that inmate Salladin Barton was regularly abused and starved before he was viciously beaten by guards, then left untreated for a day before he died in his cell on January 15, 2015.
Salladin Barton
So you would think Ellis would take more of an interest in these in-custody deaths.
But then again, Ellis retired as a detective from the Broome County Sheriff’s Office last year after a career spanning more than 20 years, according to his LinkedIn page.
So we can assume he is collecting a pension from the county for his days working for the sheriff’s office while also collecting a salary working for the district attorney’s office. Essentially double-dipping at the taxpayer’s expense.
So he’s not the most credible law enforcement officer to investigate these jailhouse deaths.
The latest in-custody death took place Saturday, but the inmate’s name, history nor cause of

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WATCH: Georgia Jailers Ignored Inmate’s Suicide Attempts for Eight Hours Before he was Found Dead in Cell

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Georgia inmate Yoel Robton first wrapped the blanket he’d tied into makeshift noose around his bedpost around noon, spending the next eight hours placing it around his neck in apparent suicide attempts.
Not a single guard at the Doraville Detention Center noticed until it was too late.
Now an insurance company for the city will ante up $2 million for the mentally ill  man’s suicide after settling a lawsuit with his mother.
Records show jailers failed to check on her son every 20 minutes as city policy required and they failed to give him medication prescribed for depression even after his family brought it to them, leaving him to kill himself on August 17, 2014.
Surveillance video shows Debra Robton’s son mulled over how to kill himself for eight hours before hanging himself from the top bunk in his jail cell.
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Yoel Robton’s with his girlfriend Heather; Chasity Altman, Heather’s daughter; and Heather’s stepmother, Jackie
“It makes me very angry, very, very angry, and so sad,” Debra Robton, Yoel’s mother told WSB-TV in Atlanta.
She still hasn’t watched the video of her son’s death.
“It did not have to happen. It should not have happened,” she said. “He was just a very loving, loving kind soul.”
Video shows Yoel Robton contemplated suicide for eight hours before hanging himself with a makeshift noose in his jail cell.
Recorded footage from Robton’s cell shows him slipping a makeshift noose over his head several times and sitting on the floor to test it, pacing and appearing anxious.
Jailers who claim they checked their video monitors did not notice the noose tied to his bed or his depressive behavior.
Time went on.
At about 5 p.m., video shows a jailer delivered food to Yoel’s cell; but he did not notice the noose tied to his bedpost.
At about 8:30 p.m., Yoel Robton hung himself with his blanket from the bed in his jail cell.
Jailers responded 18 minutes later.
Robton died in the hospital

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WATCH: Texas Man Dies after Pleading “I Can’t Breathe” as Jail Guards Pile on Top of him Pepper Spraying him

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

A disturbing and infuriating video has surfaced showing a group of Texas jail guards piling on top of an inmate who repeatedly tells them he can’t breathe, only for him to be found dead in his cell the following morning.
Nineteen times in nine minutes is how many times Michael Sabbie told the guards, “I can’t breathe,” only for them to pepper spray him and tell him to stop resisting when the video shows him not to be resisting.
The incident took place at a private prison in Texas on July 21, 2015, but the video was made public today by The Huffington Post as part of an investigative report on jailhouse deaths.
The basic details of Sabbie’s death, one of more than 800 jail deaths counted by The Huffington Post in the year after Sandra Bland died in jail on July 13, 2015, wouldn’t normally raise much suspicion. The initial news reports said that Sabbie, who was arrested on a domestic assault charge, was found “unresponsive” on the morning of July 22, 2015, suggesting he died in his sleep. A medical examiner ― noting Sabbie’s obesity and that he had significant heart muscle damage ― deemed his death “natural,” a label that implies it was an unavoidable tragedy. Those circumstances wouldn’t make Sabbie’s death terribly unique: Heart disease killed an average of 226 jail inmates a year from 2000 until 2013, making it the leading cause of jail deaths after suicides.
But calling Sabbie’s death “natural” obscures more than it illuminates, and would hide the failures that very likely could have prevented his death. A quick internal investigation might have absolved jail employees of any wrongdoing. But in Sabbie’s case, there’s video.
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Alabama Prison Guards Fired For Beating Handcuffed and Kneeling Prisoner Caught on Video

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

One extra-legal jail beating has left two Alabama prison guards fired and one resigned.
The beating happened in front of two other male corrections officers at the Elmore Correctional Facility – one a supervisor – and was recorded in December 2014.
Sergeant Cole, the female Alabama corrections officer caught in the shocking video below, beat a handcuffed prisoner only a split second after he showed docile obedience to her command to get on his knees.
The female Alabama jailer identified by Al.com as Sergeant. J. Cole in the video, brought her charge into the room which was recorded without audio, and within 30 seconds he compliantly got on his knees.
That’s when Cole attacked the prisoner taking him to the floor with a series of open handed blows delivered with her full body weight.
The rest of the video shows the poor prisoner curled into the fetal position on the floor.
The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Cole’s supervisor, Lt. Edmond Cooper was fired too, for failing to report the beating.
The Alabama State Personnel Board upheld Cooper’s firing in a ruling today after his attorney argued for a lesser punishment.
The other corrections officer in the room resigned in lieu of being fired.
While we don’t have full details of the prisoner’s crime, nor his offense at that moment, it is sufficient to say that no court would order a grown man to be beaten while in a submissive pose and handcuffed.
Both Cooper and the other corrections officer acted as if nothing at all had happened, one looking around his monitor, then continuing to work on his computer and the other officer passively watching the whole scene.
A few seconds after the beating, the Sgt. Cole left the room as if pacing, she then returned waving her hands in the air and then assaulted the prisoner again, scaring

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