April 16, 2024
The Sheriff’s consumption on the San Diego Central Jail is proven on March 11, 2021. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

The mom of a person who died final yr whereas in San Diego County sheriff’s custody has filed a wrongful demise lawsuit towards the county.

Barbara Brisson additionally focused sheriff’s division officers and healthcare professionals who oversee medical look after county jail detainees.

The lawsuit, filed in San Diego federal courtroom, issues the Nov. 1, 2022 demise of Aaron Bonin. He died of kidney illness two months after he was transferred from the psychiatric facility at Patton State Hospital to the jail in downtown San Diego.

Bonin, 43, was amongst 19 individuals who died in San Diego County jails final yr.

The grievance states Bonin had effectively documented continual medical points that required day by day dialysis remedies and a food regimen catered to suit his wants.

Jail deputies and medical workers had been conscious of those medical issues, but allegedly allowed Bonin to have meals that elevated “his threat of getting dangerously excessive blood potassium degree (or “hyperkalemia”), which may trigger severe sickness or demise,” in line with the grievance.

The lawsuit alleges that Bonin fell in poor health in late October and sought to be taken to a hospital.

On one event, a nurse discovered Bonin on the ground and he advised her, “I really feel like I’m having hypotension.” The lawsuit states, “She checked his blood strain solely, assured Aaron his blood strain was okay, and left.”

Bonin continued asking for assist – at one level he “begged to be taken to the hospital” – however was ignored by deputies, the grievance states.

About 4 hours after he was seen by the nurse, deputies discovered him unresponsive on the ground of his cell. He was taken to a hospital, the place he died a few week later.

The lawsuit states that in line with medical data, Bonin suffered cardiac arrest and “a mind harm that outcomes from extended lack of oxygen, undoubtedly attributable to deputies ignoring Aaron’s pleas for assist, permitting him to endure cardiac arrest …” He additionally had a blood potassium degree that was “far above a traditional vary,” the lawsuit alleges.

Like quite a few different lawsuits filed towards the county in reference to jail deaths, the grievance filed by Bonin’s mom cites the excessive in-custody demise charge at San Diego County detention services.

Final yr, the California State Auditor’s Workplace issued a report discovering that the excessive charge of deaths “raises issues about underlying systemic points with the sheriff’s division’s insurance policies and practices.”

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