$1.2m To Be Paid By Jackson County In Lawsuit Over Death Of Inmate In Restraint Chair

Wagswoofs – The Jackson County Legislature in Kansas City has granted approval for the settlement in the tragic death of Marquis Wagner in 2021. According to John Picerno, the attorney representing Wagner’s parents, the jail surveillance footage has recorded the events preceding Wagner’s untimely demise. However, this video has not been released to the public.

The lawsuit filed against three jail guards and two companies contracted by Jackson County for health care has resulted in a settlement. It’s important to note that the settlement only pertains to Jackson County, as the case involving the two companies is still scheduled for trial in September.

On December 9, 2021, Wagner was apprehended for allegedly firing shots through the door of his Kansas City apartment under the mistaken belief that someone was attempting to break in. However, the police investigation revealed that there was no actual intrusion taking place. During the incident, Wagner informed the officers that he had been sleep-deprived for several days and was experiencing hallucinations of demons. Additionally, he was undergoing alcohol detoxification at the time, as mentioned in the lawsuit.

Wagner arrived at the intake lobby of the Jackson County Detention Center at around 11 a.m. on December 10th. Despite showing signs of mental health distress, he was not provided with a mental health evaluation, as stated in the lawsuit filed a year ago.

According to the lawsuit, Wagner was escorted to a nurse’s station but was not examined before being returned to a holding cell. The surveillance video revealed that approximately 30 minutes later, he appeared to lose consciousness. However, no one checked on him, and he was transferred to another cell while still seemingly unconscious.

Wagner was found to be unresponsive and not breathing, leading to immediate resuscitation efforts. Despite the best attempts to revive him, these efforts were unsuccessful. He was then transported to a nearby hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead.

Sheriff Darryl Forte of Jackson County emphasized the significance of ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all individuals at the jail. However, due to the ongoing legal proceedings, a spokesperson declined to provide further details or comments.

Attorney Picerno also acted on behalf of the family of Richard Degraffenreid, who tragically passed away in 2017 while restrained in the jail’s restraint chair. The county reached a settlement of $150,000 for this case. According to the medical examiner, DeGraffenreid’s death was deemed an accident resulting from drug intoxication caused by cocaine and methamphetamine.

Jackson County is home to approximately 717,000 residents, making it the second most populous county in Missouri. It falls behind St. Louis County, which boasts a population of about 998,000 residents.

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