Grand jury will not indict any cops for jailhouse death of Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland
Sandra Bland

source: Raw Story
published: 21 December 2015

A Grand jury in Waller County, Texas ruled on Monday night that no officers should be indicted in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, KTRK-TV reported.

Bland was found dead inside her jail cell on July 13 with a trash bag wrapped around her neck, three days after video of her arrest sparked a national outcry against use of excessive force against black Americans. Her death was later ruled to be a suicide.

Bland’s mother, argued in a wrongful death suit filed against county and state officials that Elsa Magnus and Oscar Prudente showed “deliberate indifference” to any risk of Bland killing herself inside her cell. The county responded by blaming “her family and friends’ refusal to bail her out of jail” for Bland’s death.

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‘Major missed opportunity will mean that many lives continue to be wasted’

Borstal young offender cellsource: Toby Harris – TheJusticeGap
published: 20 December 2015

You wait nearly nine months for the Government response to your review – then they issue 36 reports on the same day. The independent review I led into self-inflicted deaths of young people in prison was submitted to the Ministry of Justice on 2 April 2015 and published as The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives on 1 July 2015. The Government’s response was finally issued on 17 December 2015.

So was the wait worth it?

The review itself was the most comprehensive independent examination of penal policy for a generation rooted in an enormous volume of evidence and research and underpinned by a detailed analysis of the tragic cases of 87 young people who died in prison between April 2007 and the end of 2013. Since when, there have been a further 29 self-inflicted deaths of young people in NOMS custody.

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Family speaks out in trial over death of Croydon riots prisoner

James Best
James Best

source: Wandsworth Guardian
published: 1 December 2015

Two NHS trusts breached the human rights of a Croydon man who died in prison weeks after being arrested for stealing gingerbread from a looted bakery during the 2011 riots, the High Court heard.

St George’s Healthcare and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) failed to urgently treat James Best after he suffered a heart attack at HMP Wandsworth four years ago, his family claim. The 37-year-old died in his cell on September 8, 2011 while awaiting sentencing for the theft.

His foster mother and brother launched legal action after learning of delays in his treatment at an inquest into his death at Westminster Coroner’s Court in 2013.

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Toni Emma Speck death: Cell death woman ‘needed urgent help’

Toni Emma Speck
Toni Emma Speck

source: BBC News
published: 27 November 2015

A nurse called to the cell of a woman who later collapsed and died should have realised she needed urgent treatment, an inquest jury has ruled.

Toni Emma Speck, 31, of Huntington, was detained under the Mental Health Act at Fulford Road police station in York on 2 June 2011. She later suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital. Her family criticised systematic failings in her care and said she could have lived had she been hospitalised.

Her sister Dawn Atkinson said: “We have all been left devastated after hearing from the expert witness evidence that Toni’s life could have been saved, if she had been transported straight to the accident and emergency department at York District Hospital.”

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