Three Milwaukee jail officials charged after inmate dies from dehydration

Three Milwaukee jail officials charged after inmate dies from dehydration

Three Milwaukee County jail staffers are facing criminal charges for their role in the death of a mentally ill inmate, New York Post reports. A separate disciplinary process is expected to conclude on Friday.

Surveillance video does not show the water being turned back on.

Prosecutors allege Meadors gave the order to shut off water in 38-year-old Terrill Thomas's solitary confinement cell in April 2016 and that Ramsey-Guy was the jail staffer who physically closed the pipes, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The charges announced Monday come nearly a year after jurors recommended jail staff should be liable after prosecutors presented them with evidence.

"Defendant Evans' course of conduct during the investigation into Mr. Thomas' death, of withholding information from her superiors, lying to her supervisors, failing to preserve evidence, repeatedly lying to law enforcement investigators and lying at the inquest, constituted misconduct in public office", the charging document said.

Thomas' water had been turned off since the start of his incarceration and it was not turned back on until after he died, according to the criminal complaint.

Clarke built his brand in conservative media by consistently condemning Black Lives Matter, blaming the group for the death of officers in the line of duty, and stumping for Trump.

Thomas was arrested on April 15, 2016 and then charged with reckless endangerment and firearms violations after he fired shots in a local casino, court documents said.

Within 48 hours of Thomas' death, Evans directed her subordinate, Capt. George Gold, to watch the video footage of Thomas' cell area to determine whether corrections officers turned off his water, according to the criminal complaint.

Sheriff Schmidt said on Monday that he was "very confident" the jail had been "transformed" by new leaders since he succeeded David A. Clarke Jr.as sheriff previous year.

"My heart bleeds for these people", said interim Sheriff Richard Schmidt, who was not in charge when Mr Thomas died. Four inmates died at the Milwaukee County Jail in 2016, and a Wisconsin congresswoman called for a federal investigation of the facility.

Schmidt added that the county will spend $16.5 million dollars on correctional mental and medical health this year, and will soon issue a request for proposals from medical vendors.

"On behalf of the family, we're elated that finally, charges have come down because we've never given up on Terrill Thomas", said Daniel Storm, an investigator working with one of the lawyers representing Thomas' family. "I don't think that it is".

"It hurts me as a human being when I see someone suffer, when I see the families of anyone suffer", Schmidt said. A district judge found the county to have violated the agreement at least 16,662 times between November 2001 and April 2004.

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