Terrill Thomas, 38, was arrested in connection with a shooting and taken to Milwaukee County Jail. Nine days later, he was dead of dehydration. His death has been ruled a homicide.
According to inmates, guards allegedly deprived Thomas of water for six days, reported the Journal Sentinel. “If something happens to that man, it’s your fault,” one of the inmates reportedly told guards.
Milwaukee County Jail is under the jurisdiction of Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke, a star in conservative circles after delivering a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention earlier this summer.
Sheriff Clarke is a Trump supporter who came to national attention during the August riots in Milwaukee, when he denigrated the Black Lives Matter movement.
The ruling of homicide does not necessarily mean charges will be brought against anyone, and Clarke’s office has been predictably silent.
“No one should ever die of dehydration. It just should never happen,” Erik J. Heipt, a lawyer for the Thomas family, told the Huffington Post.
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