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Family to Receive $2.4 Million in Wrongful Death Settlement Related to Alleged Police Shooting Death of Unarmed Teen Deven Guilford

Monday, December 4th, 2017

2006 Michigan State Police Dodge Charger

2006 Michigan State Police Dodge Charger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On February 28, 2015, 17-year-old Deven Guilford was pulled over by a police officer for flashing his brights at the officer in Eaton County, Michigan. Guilford was argumentative and after a 5 minute 39 second exchange, the unarmed teen was lying dead in a snowy ditch. At the end of November 2017, a settlement was reached between Guilford’s family and Eaton County. The family will receive $2.4 million, ending the legal battle that has been going on since the alleged fatal police shooting occurred.

Guilford was pulled over by a sergeant with the Michigan State Police because of particularly bright high beams that he flashed at the police vehicle. The vehicle the sergeant was in did not have a dash cam. However, some of what transpired was caught on the teen’s audio on his phone. Guilford refused to provide the officer with his driver’s license, proof of insurance, or vehicle registration. The officer refused to provide his badge number. The officer had the teen lie on his stomach near his vehicle. During the process of handcuffing Guilford, the officer deployed his stun gun into the teen. After being tased with the stun gun, Guilford stood up. The two ended up in a ditch filled with snow. The officer claims to have been punched 10 times before ultimately firing 7 gunshots at Guilford. The teen died at the scene.

The family expressed their concern that the officer, who is still employed with the Michigan State Police, used unreasonable force under the circumstances. They said they pray that law enforcement will change and use a different approach.

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Jail Suicide – In 13 Months, there are 8 Suicides in Wayne County Jails, Michigan

Friday, July 28th, 2017

In Wayne County, Michigan, an alarming surge in jail suicides is causing widespread concern. Over the past 13 months, there have been eight suicides in Wayne County jails. This number is much higher than in facilities across the nation with ten times the number of inmates or more. At the same time this has occurred, Wayne County is having difficulty filling about 200 deputy positions. In addition, the jails are reportedly in a state of worsening disrepair and plans have stalled to build a new jail.

One of the inmates who recently committed suicide was Billy Adams. He was jailed for a probation violation. After being found hanging in his jail cell, he was hospitalized for 10 days. He was kept alive by a ventilator the entire time, and his family made the difficult decision to take him off of life support.

Most people in jails have not yet had their cases heard in court. Whether they are guilty or not doesn’t matter, as far as the responsibility jails have to keep them safe while incarcerated.

According to Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny, the jails are built in a way that the sheriff’s staff has difficulty monitoring the inmates effectively, to ensure no one is harming themselves or others.

These statistics for the past 13 months provide all the evidence needed that something is clearly going wrong:

  • Wayne County Jail has an average daily population of 1,750; and there have been 8 suicides.
  • Cook County Jail has an average daily population of 9,600; and there have been no suicides.
  • New York City Department of Corrections has an average daily population of 10,400; and there have been no suicides.
  • Los Angeles County Jail has an average daily population of 17,300; and there have been 5 suicides.

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A Rise in Inmate Suicides at Macomb County Jail Sparks Policy Changes

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Seal of Macomb County, Michigan

Seal of Macomb County, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since May 2017, there have been three inmate suicides at Macomb County Jail, Michigan. In the past three years prior to 2017, there was one inmate death at the jail. There is widespread concern over the tragedy of three deaths in such a short time. In response to the suicides, policies and procedures at the jail are currently in review. In addition, one change has already been made. Inmates are now being checked on every half hour instead of every 50 minutes.

The names of the inmates who committed suicide in the jail, all by hanging, have not been released. The following is information about each:

  • A 28-year-old woman booked into the jail on March 31, 2017, for alleged solicitation of murder, contempt of court, and tampering with an electronic monitoring device killed herself on May 6.
  • On July 22, a 49-year-old man committed suicide while in the jail. He had been booked for a third offense of driving while intoxicated as well as operating a motor vehicle with a denied or revoked driver’s license and failure to stop after a collision. He had been jailed for nine days when he was found hanging in his cell.
  • On Wednesday, July 26, a 34-year-old man was the latest to commit suicide in the county lockup. He was jailed 16 days earlier on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of a controlled substance greater than 25 grams.

According to Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, the jail has measures in place to identify inmates who are at risk for suicide. Once such inmates are identified, they are placed into the mental health unit, where well-checks are more frequent.

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