Dead End

Beaten, hanged, strangled, and ignored, these men and a woman lost their lives in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's custody

• On March 26, 1996, Jose Rodriquez, 39, died in a pool of his own vomit on a jail floor. His cries for help went ignored by Arpaio's jail employees. Rodriquez's dehydration, fever and twitching ultimately led to his death, even while inmates shouted for help.

• On June 1, 1996, Scott Norberg, 35, suffocated in one of Arpaio's restraint chairs. Detention officers wrestled Norberg into the chair and bound his mouth with a towel. They continued to beat and Taser him after he was handcuffed, surveillance video and court documents show. His family later won an $8.25 million settlement against Arpaio.

• Mentally retarded Charles Agster III, 33, was arrested for trespassing on August 6, 2001. Detention officers pulled a hood over his head and slammed him into a restraint chair. Agster was asphyxiated to the point that he became brain dead. He was pronounced legally dead three days later. In 2006, a federal court awarded $9 million to his family.

• In 2003, Phillip Wilson was serving two months in Tent City for a nonviolent offense. Wilson was attacked by the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang and bludgeoned into a coma. He never recovered.

Deborah Braillard, 46, was documented as a diabetic in the jail's health records. Her cellmates say a nurse did not give Braillard insulin, and then detention officers ignored her when she went into diabetic shock. Braillard died on January 23, 2005, ultimately from lack of insulin.

• Legally blind and serving a short sentence in Tent City for shoplifting, Brian Crenshaw, 40, was transferred to solitary confinement after a tussle with Arpaio's detention officers. Six days later, he was found comatose in his solitary cell with a broken neck, ruptured intestines, broken toes, and severe internal injuries. Arpaio maintains Crenshaw sustained the injuries when he fell off his four-foot bed. Crenshaw died on March 14, 2005.

• In December 2005, Clint Yarbrough suffocated in a jail restraint chair. On April 18, 2007, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved an undisclosed settlement payout to Yarbrough's family in excess of $1 million.

• Months before Thomas Bruce Cooley, 44, was found hanging by the bed sheets in his jail cell, a federal inspector had warned Arpaio that the jail psych ward was a suicide waiting to happen. A 1996 Department of Justice report specifically cautioned that inmates could use "overhanging structures" to hang themselves.

• Three more inmates died in the same way as Thomas Cooley while in Arpaio's custody: Kevin Holschlag, Michael Sanderson, and Juan Vasquez.

 
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Guest
Guest

This whole website sucks. One point of view and one only. I don't see how in the majority of the cases, the police were at fault. Why were these retards in custody in the first place?

BlackWallStreet10mm
BlackWallStreet10mm

That is probably because you work as a CO or LEO.

By the way, you all can claim to be guilt free while paying 9 million dollars in legal settlements to the family of certain victims, but no one buys it. The general public views those settlements as equal to an admission of guilt, regardless of what the court or Sheriff says ends up saying. You wouldn't be paying millions of dollars to families if you did nothing wrong.

holly hicks
holly hicks

arpios i hope you rot in hell,you are a disgrace to the world you need to be hug for the world will see you are evil. may you suffer in hell withyour friend he devil you would make GOOD PAIR god has seen what you have done and hes patientlly waiting for your sorry ass for you to face him good luck in hell you sorry son of a bitch yeah i can say that cause i have freedon of speech and i will never come to your god forsaken state you will get your tourture in hell forever your worse than scum ,murder,two faced, liar

Roofman
Roofman

Never heard of anyone dying from twitching?????

garry walsh
garry walsh

this police state violence is happening all over your country, all the time. America is being conditioned to accept a lock down of dissatants that will inevitably happen as your bought and paid for whore politicians do the bidding of their corporate masters and run america off a cliff. You have one chance....public financing of short elections. All else is retoric.

JC
JC

I've heard the name of Joe Arpaio before, but I didn't know why. After reading about the atrocities committed in his jail, it baffles me that abuses such as the one's carried out by him and in his prison are tolerated on any level by any board of officials. They can't be called officials if they are letting such awful things happen. He and his guards should be put in with the inmates of their own prison. Money is nothing compared to life and only twisted individuals think differently.

Josh
Josh

Sure... this report isn't biased at all. /sarcasm

4 people kill themselves in the psych ward... clearly sheriff Joe's fault.

A prison gang puts an inmate into a comma... clearly sheriff Joe's fault.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

BlackWallStreet10mm
BlackWallStreet10mm

And how would you spin the massive settlements that Mr. Sheriff and his department had to pay these peoples families? Paying 9 million dollars to a family is not exactly cart blanche to claim innocence in the matter. You can have all the sarcasm you want, but the truth cannot be hidden. It's like trying to put out a fire with a bunch of paper.

josh
josh

Sure... this report isn't biased at all. /sarcasm

4 people kill themselves in the psych ward... clearly sheriff Joe's fault.

A prison gang puts an inmate into a comma... clearly sheriff Joe's fault.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

Ruben
Ruben

Sheriff Arpaio clearly deserves to be behind bars more than most of his prisoners, but even he does not deserve to be abused as much as he abuses his inmates.

Ruben
Ruben

Sheriff Arpaio clearly deserves to be behind bars more than most of his prisoners, but even he does not deserve to be abused as much as he abuses his inmates.

Leo
Leo

Judikay, you are beyond ignorant. I hope for our sake you never have children or if you do they die before they can breed and infect us with your obviously retarded genes. It definitely runs in your hillbilly, rednecked family, sweetheart.

Leo
Leo

Judikay, you are beyond ignorant. I hope for our sake you never have children or if you do they die before they can breed and infect us with your obviously retarded genes. It definitely runs in your hillbilly, rednecked family, sweetheart.

excalibur
excalibur

Can we give the sheriff a medal, he seems to be the only one trying to do his job while the criminals, lawyers and illegal immigrants complain about their rights. Put 'em in tents and maek 'em work for their food.

Ralph Thomas
Ralph Thomas

I am really surprised someone hasnt taken that idiot Arpaio out out. Couldnt happen to a more worthless sack of S@#$. One day he will mess with the wrong person.

RTwww.privacy.at.tc

jer
jer

wake up people, why are these people so ignorant, people are dying here, i first thought the article was about charles barkley the basketball player...

http://www.passtowealthmachine...

Tina
Tina

Sheriff Joe MUST GO!

judikay
judikay

25 Americans killed each day by illegal aliens. Americans taxed to death for illegal aliens free benefits and the illegal alien's slave owner gets filthy rich. I guess you scum bags are for slavery and helping the rich get richer. That's what COMMUNISTS are all about.

erik d
erik d

The Sheriff has got to get control of the guards behaviour in his jails.

Inmate deaths, especially at the hands of guards, is unacceptable.

Those enforcing our laws, have got to scrupulously follow those same laws themselves, or the public's respect for law and order will completely evaporate.

Then we will be left with anarchy, which is the last thing we need.

 
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