In Sheriff David Clarke’s Wisconsin Jail, Mentally Ill Inmate Denied Water For Seven Days, Manner Of Death, Homicide, Coroner Says

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Abuse by officials is rampant, and right wing nuts think it’s fine.  But they want the opioid addiction to be looked at as an illness, meanwhile, they criminalize everyone else.  Just hypocrites liars, that’s what Republicans are.  This Sheriff is a disgrace and an Uncle Tom. But he may need a pardon from Uncle Trump.  Just a few hours into Terrill Thomas’ eighth day in solitary confinement at the Milwaukee County Jail last year, correction officers found the 38-year-old man on the ground and not moving. He was dead.  We are not suppose to be like Iraqis or Afghans, but a more civilized society, but those of us who grew up in the South know that isn’t the case at all.


Thomas had spent his final days begging for water, inmates later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because jail staff had shut off the flow to the pipes in his cell as punishment for bad behavior.wis-sheriff


The cause of death was ultimately ruled “profound dehydratioin” and the medical examiner classified it a homicide — meaning death at the hands of others — an announcement that drew as usual, ire, ignorance and rage from the uncle tom Sheriff David Clarke, a tough-talking and loyal President Trump surrogate, who is trying to become like disgraced Arizona sheriff Joe Arpio.


Still, nearly a year later, no criminal charges have been filed in Thomas’ death.


But an inquest this week by prosecutors could shed more light on the circumstances of the case, whether someone should be held responsible and if so, who and for what.


The first major court revelation came Monday, when prosecutors told the jury that Thomas had endured seven days without any liquid, lost 35 pounds and grown weak and quiet before he died inside his cell last year, reported the Journal Sentinel.


By the end of the week, Assistant District Attorney Kurt Benkley told jurors they would be asked to answer three questions, according to Fox 6: “What was the cause of Mr. Thomas’ death? Was it the result of criminal activity? And if so, who committed the crime?”


Inquests are relatively rare in the U.S. Under

Under Wisconsin law, an inquest may be ordered by a prosecutor when a death is considered suspicious or possibly criminal. Witnesses are subpoenaed and testimony is presented to a jury (as in this case) or a judge under oath. The judge or jury determines.


The “potential crime” that may have been committed is felony abuse of an inmate, prosecutors wrote in a motion filed in March, without indicating who specifically did the abusing.


During an opening statement, Benkley said three corrections officers were captured on surveillance video cutting off Thomas’ water supply, reported the Journal Sentinel. They never turned it back on and failed to document the action or alert supervisors.


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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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