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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for police misconduct injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by police miscponduct.

Inmate in Dallas County Jail Dies from Undetermined Cause

Posted on October 19th, 2017

Jeremy Javon Rideaex, 38 years of age, passed away on or about October 10, 2017 while in the custody of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.  He was in the Dallas County Detention Facility.  Information contained in this post was obtained from a custodial death report filed with the Attorney General of Texas by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Allegedly, Mr. Rideaex contacted a control center within the jail and complained about having chest pain.  He was allegedly escorted to a nurse’s station.  He then allegedly collapsed, and CPR was provided.  He was ultimately transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

The death report indicates that the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department is conducting its own death investigation.  The report also indicates that Mr. Rideaex had exhibited mental health problems, made suicidal statements, and exhibited medical problems.  We allege nothing about whether anyone acted inappropriately in this post, but instead are simply providing information.

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An Alleged Police-Involved Shooting is Being Investigated in Dalhart, Texas

Posted on October 19th, 2017

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An officer-involved shooting occurred in Dalhart, Texas, on Monday, October 16, 2017, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident. At about 2:15 a.m. Monday, officers with the Dalhart Police Department went to the Dalhart Self Storage in response to a call about a suicidal individual. When they arrived, officers encountered a woman who had a shotgun with her. Police officers said they negotiated with the woman and tried to get her to put the shotgun on the ground. They say that, instead, she turned the shotgun toward the police officers. In response, they shot her an undisclosed number of times. An emergency medical team went to the scene and gave the woman treatment. She was then transported first to a Dalhart hospital and then to Lubbock’s University Medical Center. The Texas Rangers also went to the scene, where they began their investigation.

 

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$1.7 Million to be Paid to Family for a Jail Suicide at Twin Towers Jail in Los Angeles, California

Posted on October 18th, 2017

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A 48-year-old inmate at Twin Towers Jail in Los Angeles, California, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a second-level railing in November 2014. This week a $1.7 million payment to the man’s daughters was approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The inmate was Eric Loberg, and he had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic. The complaint in the lawsuit claims that 11 days before Loberg’s death, he had been arrested rather than returned to a psychiatric facility he had escaped from. He was detained on previous charges that had not been resolved.

The family of Loberg claims that he should have been returned to the mental health facility instead of being taken to jail. A jail psychiatrist had made a judgment that Loberg was a low risk for suicide and that he was not depressed, delusional, or anxious. The psychiatrist did, however, prescribe an antipsychotic medication, risperidone. Loberg was placed under a moderate level of observation. A report at the jail showed that Loberg was only 20% compliant with regards to taking the prescription drug.

At the time of Loberg’s death, there was no policy requiring the mental health staff to be alerted if a patient refused medications.

The lawsuit against the county claimed that officials were deliberately indifferent in matters that contributed to Loberg’s jail suicide.

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A Suspect is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a Deputy in Kingwood, a Houston, Texas, Suburb

Posted on October 17th, 2017

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On Monday, October 16, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas, a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department allegedly shot and killed a suspect. The incident is being investigated by the Houston Police Department. Details of what allegedly happened follow.

According to authorities, the events leading to the alleged fatal police shooting began at about 1:30 p.m. on Kingwood Drive not far from Chestnut Ridge Road. A Montgomery County deputy stopped the driver of a motorcycle at the intersection of Loop 494 and Kingwood Drive. The stop was made because the deputy ran the license plate on the bike, and it showed up as invalid. The driver of the motorcycle took off, rather than comply; and the deputy lost the motorcycle during pursuit.

Another deputy constable identified the motorcycle and began following it. Authorities say the motorcyclist got into an auto accident and then ran to a gas station nearby. He then allegedly tried to commit a carjacking. The deputy arrived at the scene of the would-be carjacking and attempted to subdue the suspect.

The deputy deployed his stun gun, but it reportedly had no effect on the man. The suspect then allegedly grabbed for his backpack and pulled out a handgun. The deputy allegedly shot the suspect several times at about 1:40 p.m. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the initial reporting, there was no mention of body cameras used by the officers involved. In many police stations across the U.S., body cameras are now standard equipment. This new procedure is an answer to widespread outrage over a few high-profile cases that have suggested that police engaged in misconduct of some kind. There are groups claiming that police officers are often involved in racial targeting, which is one aspect of the overall demand for more police accountability.

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A Jury Awards a Veteran $760,000 in an Alleged Police Brutality Lawsuit

Posted on October 16th, 2017

Tourist-oriented wooden structure in Kremmling

Tourist-oriented wooden structure in Kremmling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, a jury in a Denver U.S. District Court awarded a disabled Vietnam veteran $760,000 because he was allegedly a victim of police brutality in Kremmling, Colorado. The jury found that Robert Mark Smith was ultimately punished by police for protesting prior alleged wrongdoings of the department. He allegedly became the target of police harassment and victimization, due to his frequent and enthusiastic opposition to the alleged selective enforcement of mobile home park-related laws. He was also outspoken about what he called “trumped-up accusations” that were made against him and his business, made by certain members of the community and law enforcement.

Smith alleges that on the night of March 5, 2013, his home was unconstitutionally raided with no warrant. He claims that police officers beat him brutally. He alleges that he fell to his stomach and officers punched, kicked, and stomped his back, head, and ribs.

The jury obviously agreed that Smith had been a victim of alleged police brutality. In recent years, there has been a change with regard to police because social media websites have made it possible to share videos of alleged episodes of police misconduct. More and more police departments now fit every police officer with a body camera, to further hold officers accountable and purportedly provide assurance that police are doing their jobs in the ways they were trained to do them.

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