Inmate’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Sheriff
|By Mark Gokavi, Dayton Daily News, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The suit alleges several jail employees handcuffed and subdued Richardson on his stomach outside the cell door while he was having a medical emergency. The suit said that Richardson "was essentially crushed to death by various corrections officers."
The suit names as defendants Plummer, two deputy sheriffs, two sergeants, seven corrections officers, jail health-care provider
A spokeswoman for the
The video shows various law enforcement and medical personnel responding to at
The video shows medical personnel tried to revive the 6-foot, 282-pound Richardson until about
"The CO's (corrections officers) used force -- we claim it was excessive force -- he was an obese man, they put him in a prone position and put weight on his back for an extended period of time," DiCello said. "They'll have to answer for why it is that they felt the need to continue to restrain him in the way they did for all that length of time given the nature of the call to the cell."
The sheriff's office completed a risk management review report in
The sergeant also wrote Richardson was "thrashing around and grunting" and that he prevented an oxygen mask to be put on him, biting a medic and saying, "Get that off me. I need out. Get me out of here."
After two attempts at an injection to calm him, the sergeant noticed after two or three minutes Richardson needed no further restraint, but also that Richardson was not breathing and had no pulse, leading to chest compression and other treatment. Paramedics from the
The sheriff's report concluded employees "restricted
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