Archive for Friday, December 14, 2012

Death of jail inmate prompts lawsuit

December 14, 2012


TOPEKA — The family of a man who died while in custody of Shawnee County authorities is suing several county and Topeka officials and prison employees.

The family of 35-year-old Julio Aguirre is suing 30 defendants including the city of Topeka, Police Chief Ron Miller and other officers and health care providers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Aguirre was mentally unstable throughout his eight days in jail after being arrested in December 2010. The lawsuit alleges the family repeatedly asked that he be sent to a hospital but that request was ignored for days. He was eventually was sent to Osawatomie State Hospital and then to an Overland Park hospital. He died Dec. 12.

An attorney says the county denies any negligence, and city officials say they are studying the lawsuit.


Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

Terrible reporting. If the law suit pleadings do not specify the acts of negligence alleged, that should be so stated in reporting the law suit. If, on the other hand, the petition did set forth specific acts of negligence, those allegations should have been set forth in the story.

somebodynew 5 years, 4 months ago

Sych - read the story in the Topeka paper (by local reporter) and you see there are plenty of details. I am not one for these kinds of suits, but if what they lay out is true, I think they deserve to win this one (or should I say a quick settlement).

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