FAMILY OF MAN WHO DIED IN STEARNS COUNTY JAIL AFTER BEING DENIED MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR 8 HOURS WILL HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT
"The record shows that Harrell screamed, howled, and banged his head against the door of his cell for some eight hours. In such a situation, even a lay person would easily recognize the necessity for a doctor's attention."Should jail staff be allowed to just stand by and watch an inmate bang his head on a cell door throughout the night while progressively spiraling out of control? Or do we expect our trained law enforcement officers to take swift action to prevent people who are in an obvious emotional crisis from hurting themselves? Although Harrell may have been acting like an "animal," he deserved to be treated like a human by the officers who were charged with keeping him safe. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals was correct to send this case to trial and allow Harrell's family their day in court.
If you have lost a loved one due to jail or prison neglect, you too deserve to have your day in court.
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