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Are Inmate Deaths in Local Jails Often Preventable?-Pt.3

DM Corridor in County Jail with inmate and deputy

An Inmate Dies After Being in Restraints

In December 2022, in a county outside Texas, a county jail inmate was arrested on possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia charges. Law enforcement personnel say that the inmate became agitated and began cursing at nursing and jail staff. Medical staff said that the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs, and he was placed in a private cell. The man was enraged and began repeatedly kicking the door.

At this point, medical staff asked that the man be put on suicide watch and placed in the medical dorm for his threats of harm to deputies and fellow inmates. After the inmate was escorted to a medical dorm changing room, he removed his shirt and attacked a deputy, punching him in the face. The inmate then got into a fight with the three officers who were trying to place him in handcuffs.

Investigators explained that the inmate continued punching, kicking, fighting, and biting the deputies even when he had been placed on the ground. One of the inmate’s arms had a loose handcuff, and he was able to use that arm to swing at a deputy.

The deputies concluded that the inmate was likely under the influence of an illegal narcotic because he exhibited greater-than-normal strength.

Learn more in Part 1, Part 2, and this ongoing series.

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