By Associated Press • 

Lawsuit filed against county related to jail death

 

A lawsuit claims an Oregon inmate asked for help 19 times in the five hours before he died in jail following a beating at the hands of other inmates.

The lawsuit was filed against the Yamhill County Jail and its staff Monday on behalf of Jed Hawk Myers who died in 2015, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The lawsuit accuses jail staff of ignoring Myer's symptoms for more than five hours as they watched him on surveillance monitors, and occasionally looked through the window of his holding cell.

The suit seeks at least $12 million in economic and non-economic damages as well as an unspecified amount in punitive damages.

“They basically isolated this guy who they know is hurt and watch him die,” said Attorney Matthew Kaplan. “He has to stop breathing for them to finally go into his cell again and check on him.”

Myers had been in prison on a four-day jail sanction for not reporting properly to his probation officer.

Myers was under medical supervision after he was assaulted by two other inmates in his general population cell. He was left alone after an initial check from a medical technician, according to reports. Deputies looked into the window of Myer's cell on an hourly basis, according to the administrative investigation.

Myers had hit the intercom button of a medical cell 19 times while he was bleeding and in pain, recordings and reports show. An inmate in a nearby medical unit told investigators that he heard Myers screaming for help.

The lawsuit also accuses jail staff of not properly evaluating Myers and failing to call an ambulance and properly train non-medical staff on how to respond to medical emergencies.

None of the staff faced repercussions after the death, the lawsuit stated.

Yamhill County's lawyer Christian Boenisch could not be reached for comment.

Inmates Joshua Mulbreght and Zachary Chronister were convicted in Myers’ death.

For a fuller account, see Friday's edition of the News-Register.

Comments

Joel2828

Will these jailers possibly end up in jail or prison themselves for manslaughter or some other similar offense? I hope the DA is looking at it.

tagup

The article states "none of the staff faced repercussions". I take that to mean they have not been charged.

Parks

If the Corrections deputies followed Jail policies, then they should be covered under the scope of their employment.

Joel2828

"Myers had hit the intercom button of a medical cell 19 times while he was bleeding and in pain, recordings and reports show. An inmate in a nearby medical unit told investigators that he heard Myers screaming for help." Kinda sounds like they either didn't follow jail policies or the jail policies need a wee bit of an upgrade.

Lulu

This disgraceful incident sounds like what happened routinely in the Deep South, for which there were no repercussions either.
Twelve million is not enough.

RJS

This whole situation sickens and saddens me. Guards are there to protect inmates. I've been impressed with our guards but there is no excuse for this.

RKOrbison

Doesn't the proverbial buck stop at the sherrif's desk? Two totally preventable deaths inside of a year and a half? WTF!! Based on what I know so far I really see no way in hell anyone should vote for him next election. Let's see what unfolds in the near future. So far, a completely unexcusable situation.

Mudstump

Parks - "If the Corrections deputies followed Jail policies, then they should be covered under the scope of their employment."

A decent human being would never let someone who is obviously in medical distress die regardless of what the "policy" states. A decent human being would have acted to get this man help...rules and policy be damned.

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