13 Jul Estate of a 47 year old Jefferson Co resident v. Anonymous Jail Healthcare Provider, et al. – Confidential Settlement
On September 13, 2014, the plaintiff died on the floor of the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham after being repeatedly tased by county deputies while in custody. In the hours leading up to the tasing incident, he reported hearing voices through a radio at the jail, began behaving oddly, and stating that he wanted to hurt himself.
The plaintiff did not receive any type of medical treatment for the mental health episode he was experiencing. His condition worsened until he began telling jailers he wanted to hurt himself and was subsequently tased to death by jailers at the facility.
The plaintiff was tased once above the heart for five second, fell to the ground, urinated on himself, and became unresponsive. He was then tased a second time in the neck while on the ground, went into cardiac arrest, and later died. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit heard the case and ruled that these actions clearly violated his constitutional rights.
Subsequently, a confidential settlement was reached with the jailers at the Birmingham jail stemming from their violation of the plaintiff’s constitutional rights. A confidential settlement was also reached with the healthcare provider at the jail for its alleged failure to adequately treat his mental condition.