Nine days after 38-year-old Terrill Thomas was arrested in connection to a shooting and taken to the Milwaukee County Jail, he was found dead in his cell due to dehydration.
According to the Journal Sentinel, inmates say that guards deprived Thomas of water for 6 days.
“If something happens to that man, it’s your fault,” one of the inmates allegedly told the guards.
It just so happens that the Milwaukee County Jail is under the jurisdiction of Sheriff David A. Clarke.
Clark gave a speech at the Republican National Convention this summer which made him a favorite among pro-Trump conservatives. He’s also been a frequent guest on Fox News to talk about race relations in America. But he was mainly catapulted to prominence when he slammed the Black Lives Matter movement during the riots in Milwaukee back in August.
From the Journal Sentinel:
The death is under investigation by three agencies — the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the jail where he died. No reports have been made public, and his family says they have been told little about how or why he died.
When two officers arrived at his parents’ house to inform them of his death, family members said one officer asked them to keep it out of the media while they completed their investigation. Police spokesman Sgt. Tim Gauerke said if the suggestion was made, it would have been to protect the privacy of family members while they grieve.
A 2014 Journal Sentinel investigation found that 10 people died in custody of the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Office in a four-year period. None of the deaths resulted in any charges being brought against officers.
Although Thomas’s death was ruled a “homicide,” that doesn’t guarantee charges will be brought against the guards. As a matter of fact, I’m willing to bet that they won’t.
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