MILWAUKEE: Three Former Underlings Of David Clarke Charged With Felonies In Dehydration Death Of Inmate

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

The former commander of the Milwaukee County Jail was charged Monday with felony misconduct in office and obstructing an officer in the dehydration death of Terrill Thomas. Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Major Nancy Evans was charged along with two other jail staffers.

Thomas, a 38-year-old inmate with bipolar disorder, went seven days without water in solitary confinement before his death. Jail Lt. Kashka Meadors, 40, and correctional officer James Ramsey-Guy, 38, are each charged with neglecting an inmate, a felony offense. Meadors gave the order to shut off the water and Ramsey-Guy physically cut the water.

Then-Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. promoted Evans in 2014 to overseeing Mitchell Airport security after Clarke’s own internal investigation found she had committed a “clear act” of misconduct in office just 18 months before.

  • Rex

    And those who “take a knee” are the “sons a’ bitches.”

  • bkmn

    It’s a shame Clarke isn’t included.

    • carrot festival

      Yet.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        Yeah, that’ll happen when Christie gets held responsible for Bridgegate. In other words, I’m not holding my breath…

  • JWC

    The GOP throw underlings under the Bus and protect the asshole who gave the orders

  • PickyPecker
    • Joe in PA
      • Mike__in_Houston

        My mother had a major crush on him when he was on Destry. I liked them a little rougher-looking myself. Come to think of it, I still do…

      • TuuxKabin

        ah jeeeze, one of mine as well. I heard he had a chest from here to Texas. Man, what a looker. R.I.P. guapo!

        • Joe in PA

          You are up early again! Good morning.

          • TuuxKabin

            HIya. Up at usual time, more or less, this morning tho I woke with thru the roof anxieties, and MD says my post op Rx is ready later today when I asked for an anti anxiety Rx before surgery tomorrow. Gon’ be like a mafia hit, but on the foot, the knee is in May. Non weight bearing for 1 to 3 weeks, how the hell I’m going to get up five flights of stairs tomorrow has me a bit obsessed. These things are sent to try us, and THEY do. Hubbers is home?

          • Joe in PA

            Yup, hubs got home late Sunday. He thinks this might be the last time he goes…she got really agitated whenever he tried to leave for the evening, and then wouldn’t remember that he had been there the next morning. 🙁 He thinks it is doing more harm than good.

            So, what exactly is going on with your foot? I’m sure hubs will carry you.

            ;0

          • TuuxKabin

            See. Went through same thing with my mother in PHX until I flat out asked, ‘would you rather I not visit you?” Her reply ended further involvement with her care except by way of the nursing staff. My only feeling when she died was a hope she found peace and maybe some happiness she rarely appeared to have in her later years. She was a lot of fun until the dementia progressed. My entire family, except father was rather toxic.
            Glad to know you’re back together.
            It’s going to be like a mafia hit on my right foot
            Shorten metatarsals and other bits. Then 2 to 3 weeks foot elevated with ice packs. Gon’ be fun. I think Bob should video me coming up the five flights, on my booty. Tried raising right foot behind and hopping up on left. Forget it. We’ll see.

          • Joe in PA

            Well, good luck to you…and a not-so-painful recovery. Be careful with the opioids. ;( 2-3 weeks? Yikes. I hope you have a laptop/pad that you can continue with your JMG reading. 🙂 Oh, I agree, a video of you climbing 5 flights on you booty would be hilarious! Sorry. 🙂 Yeah, that hopping on one foot might work for one flight, not five. Wow. Hug hug.

          • TuuxKabin

            Thanks. I addressed the matter to the surgeon, he assured me I could be weight bearing on the heel, so easy peasy up I came. Pain blocker still blocking. Ice it when that wears off. Bob’s got the opioids down his bosom & only letting me have one every 8 rather than 4 hours, if needed. I have to ‘feel’ around for ’em. Ice packs work well for such immediate, isolated pain. Will be a long haul and mostly skimming threads and reading. A welcome break from night mare s such as today. Sorry no booty stair climbing. It would be fake news. Hugs-a-rama to Lucy & two youse.

    • JCF

      Aw, someone noted this.

      As I just wrote about recently (in connection w/ a comment re Lena Horne), in the late 70s I saw Vic Damone, opening for Lena. They were very flirty-flirty! Turned out they were having an affair on tour (though she was 11 years older—get it, grrl!)

      Though I was mainly there to see Lena, my late mom (with whom I saw the show) had a real thang for Vic Damone (voice AND looks).

      A real class act. RIP.

  • zhera

    “felony misconduct in office and obstructing an officer”

    HOW THE HELL ARE THEY NOT CHARGED WITH MURDER? YES, I’M YELLING.

    WHAT THE FUCK!

    • safari

      ‘merika

      • billbear1961

        Land of “Liberty and Justice, for all”

        In reality, a two-faced society, covering itself in shame.

    • Scott Carpenter

      I don’t know. If I took one of them, locked them up, deprived them of water until they died, I’d get a raft of charges, from kidnapping to torture to murder. Seems like the only one that wouldn’t apply here is kidnapping.

      • zhera

        The victim was bipolar, so I think there’s a good chance he should’ve been sent to a doctor instead of solitary confinement. Denying a prisoner medical help is a crime, right?

        • Steverino

          Not unless the denial was due to the jailer’s Sincerely Held Religious Belief about the prisoner.
          /s

          • Nowhereman

            So let’s hope that the so-called church of scientology doesn’t start running private prisons. Oh wait–they already do, for their own followers.

  • Sam_Handwich

    anyone else having trouble with twitter?

  • Ninja0980

    Nice first step but justice can’t truly be served until their boss is facing charges as well.

    • billbear1961

      ^^This!^^

    • Steverino

      Oh, they don’t dare, otherwise you know he would rip a page from the Clarence Thomas playbook and play the “High-Tech Lynching” card.

    • TCinBerkeley

      I hope they turn on him. “He told us to do that your honor.”

      Won’t absolve them, but it would be nice to see Sheriff David Douchebag sweat.

      • Ninja0980

        I think that might happen.
        Push comes to shove, I don’t see them going to prison for him.

  • Moebym of the Returners
    • Ninja0980

      Beat me to it by five seconds.

      • Joe in PA

        Me too…just saw that.

      • DaddyRay

        It should be posted at least 20 more times as far as I am concerned

    • Nowhereman

      He’s one of the good cops, and there’s no room for them on the force anymore. Imagine, a cop who analyzes the situation and then tries to de-escalate and bring it to an end without killing anybody.

  • Canadian Observer

    Eye for an eye department: I know it will make me come across as vicious and vengeful, but I am willing to go there. Those responsible must be found guilty, and their punishment should include ongoing restrictions on their fluid intake… no more than absolutely necessary to sustain life. In a similar vein, those officials who approved and sanctioned water boarding should be convicted and waterboarded daily. There are international conventions against torture – those who so glibly ignore them should be subject to the conditions they have imposed on others.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Not so much vicious as trite.

    • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

      Send ’em to Capetown!

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/963135639402237952
    If you want to see where some justice was done, this was it.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Good. Seems like no good deed goes unpunished nowadays.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup.
        Sad isn’t it?

      • pj

        shoot first. questions later

    • JCF

      I’m glad the former officer was compensated for his firing, but justice? The man he spared, other cops killed anyway. RIP. 🙁

  • William

    Why aren’t they being charged with murder?

    • Natty Enquirer

      Negligent homicide at the least.

      • Scott Carpenter

        I’d be dumbfounded by negligent homicide. Are we supposed to believe they didn’t know what would happen after 7 days of no water? No, I wouldn’t buy that.

      • William

        They were not negligent, they did it on purpose. Overt acts caused a man to suffer a miserable death. There was no ‘whoops’ involved.

    • billbear1961

      Because they murdered–by slow torture–a prisoner.

      The majority of Americans have decided this is a minor offense. Trumpists believe it’s no crime, at all, and are actively encouraged in their depraved callousness by the right’s bloodthirsty media LIE machine, while the rest of the MSM are relatively indifferent, just as they don’t noticeably mind that the POTUS is a proven and relentless pathological LIAR, a thief hiding his financial history from public inspection, a white supremacist hatemonger undermining the rule of law, a traitor who has not punished a hostile foreign power for interfering in our elections (but has REWARDED them instead) and is doing NOTHING to stop them from interfering again, a man who apparently believes the charges against a wife-beater who worked for him but publicly accuses the man’s wives of lying, anyway . . .

      I could go on, but what’s the point?

  • billbear1961

    And the chief fascist in all this, HIS responsibility for what happened under HIS authority?

  • The Milkman

    The culture is set by the person at the top.

    • billbear1961

      Just as it was under concentration camp commandant Arpaio.

      • The Milkman

        Precisely.

  • fuzzybits

    He should also be charged as an accomplice. Evil fuckers torturing someone like that.

  • Halou

    A decision, after how many years?
    Will David Clarke celebrate is 100th birthday before or after the case gets as far as putting him on trial?

  • vtdave

    Surely the jailhouse chants of “lock them up” would be appropriate! And boss-man, the much bemedalled douche-bag Clarke needs to be included. Maybe he’s wearing a “get out of jail” dongle though?

    • Steven Jaeger

      Instead of bemedalled it should be bedazzled since most were faked

  • paulrees100

    This is murder! HOW could they…WHY would they, withhold water for seven days?!

    • Because they’re a bunch of authoritarian assholes who wanted to feel powerful over someone else. See also: Christian Fundamentalists.

  • Nowhereman

    Maybe they can get jobs in the Trump administration. I hear there will be some openings soon.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    See you in hell, you torturers.

    Where I’ll be the one in charge of doling out the water.

  • HandsomeMrToad

    “I never drink water. Fish fcck in it.” –WC Fields

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Ex-Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr.: The “Boss Hogg” of Wisconsin. Like Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he thought that dishing out cruel and unusual punishment to prisoners was part of his job, and he relished it.

    Sadly, the odds of convicting jailers/guards of prisoner abuse and death are not good. Judges and juries see prisoners as deserving of inhumane treatment. Even for minor offenses. Our justice system in America is fucked-up.

  • He’s trying his best to look mean, but it just doesn’t work. That’s more deer in the headlights than Raging Bull.

  • JCF

    Well YOU’RE not an “Anglo-American” sherriff! /s

  • wds

    And sadly, Mr. “I’ve a chest full of medals from Cracker Jack boxes and McDonald’s Happy meals” isn’t even getting a rebuke for this incident, nor the woman who was forced to give birth in chains and the baby died. I’ve never felt this way, but I hope I never get close to him – I so want to back-hand him into next week (as my Mom would say) …

  • leastyebejudged

    Lock them up, lock them ALL up !

  • agcons

    It’s more like Google Soft Head Money Making Surveys.