Another ‘Sandra Bland Case’? Terrill Thomas Died Inside Cell
The death of Terrill Thomas, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office inmate, had been ruled a homicide by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office .Advertisement
The inmate was charged in connection with a shooting, which took place on Friday, April 15th at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. However, on Sunday, April 24, he was found dead in his jail cell.
According to FOX 6, Terrill Thomas’s cause of death was dehydration with other significant conditions, which were characterized by bipolar disorder, manic type. It was alleged that corrections officers severed his water supply for a long period of time.
It was reported by his family that he was suffering from an extreme mental breakdown when he was arrested. Before the thirty-eight-year-old inmate died, he was awaiting a court-ordered psychiatric examination.
It was reported by other inmates that the water in the 38-year-old inmate’s cell had been cut off for six days. According to them, corrections officers told them his water was shut down because he had been flooding his previous cell and was projecting erratic behavior.
Officials from the Sheriff’s department said that the inmate had not presented any visible signs of trauma. However, he was not breathing and so resuscitation efforts were administered by correctional officers and jail nursing staff. MFD emergency medical personnel arrived later, said Journal Sentinel.
No proof of injury was discovered, according to autopsy examination. Post-mortem biochemistry evaluation showed that the cause of death was profound dehydration.
It was reported by Shepherd Express that Sheriff David Clarke, the supervisor of Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, have shocked citizens by his contempt. The publication said that Clarke had done his research on inmates.
“If you shut off access to water and provide inedible food to inmates whose psychological states make it difficult for them to rationally communicate, they can die,” the publication said.
“It’s extremely concerning and seems to confirm some of the information that we had uncovered in the course of our investigation,” Erik Heipt, attorney for Terrill Thomas’ family, stated.