Arizona Jail Accused of Ignoring & Refusing Basic Medical Care to Latino Man who Died in Cell - Detained for Driving on Suspended License
From [HERE] Another wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in photo). This time, detention officers are accused of deliberately looking the other way, instead of helping a Latino inmate with a serious medical condition.
Felix Torres, 47, died in October 2013, after being found unconscious in his jail cell. Torres had been arrested on outstanding warrants for driving on a suspended license and failing to appear in court.
He was being held at Maricopa County's Towers Jail in Phoenix.
Torres' mother hired an attorney, who just filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing detention officers and other jail personnel of ignoring Torres' cries for help.
According to the lawsuit, "Felix continued in vain to try to obtain medical assistance," while detention officers and the medical staff, "were deliberately indifferent to Felix's need for care."
Brandon Aubrecht told CBS 5 News that he was in the jail cell, just a few feet away from Torres, in the days leading up to Torres' death.
"I heard the DO cursing at him," said Aubrecht. "Quit f*** faking. Quit faking it - quit complaining. Inmates actually had to drag him to medical. They were saying that medical was actually laughing at him, and basically telling him he's faking it ."