Three employees at the jail formerly run by the notorious Sheriff David Clarke have been charged for their participation in the dehydration killing of a prisoner in 2016.
Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Major Nancy Evans and two other employees at the Milwaukee County Jail are finally facing charges related to the brutal death of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas, a prisoner who suffered from bipolar disorder and who died of dehydration almost 2 years ago, reported The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Thomas was kept in solitary confinement in the jail for 7 days without water before he eventually died on April 24, 2016.
Court documents filed Monday showed that Evans has been charged with felony misconduct in office and obstructing an officer. Prosecutors say Evans has tried to obstruct the investigation into Thomas’ death.
“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 documents state.
Thomas’s family filed a civil rights lawsuit last year.
“For seven straight days, from April 17, 2016 until his death on April 24, 2016, Mr. Thomas remained locked alone in his cell, 24 hours a day, as he literally died of thirst,” the lawsuit states. “They also deprived him of edible food, a functioning toilet, access to a shower, a sanitary living environment, any relief from 24-hour lockdown, and urgently needed medical and mental health care.”
David Clarke, a right-wing sheriff known for his advocacy of rough treatment of prisoners, resigned last year after a highly controversial tenure as Milwaukee County Sheriff. Among other things, Clarke has accused Black Lives Matter of being responsible for the murders of police officers, while also blaming riots in his home city of Milwaukee on the “questionable lifestyle choices” of black residents there, reported Raw Story.
A former inmate at the Milwaukee County Jail filed a lawsuit in November 2016 alleging her baby died after guards there refused to give her help as she went into labor.