April 15, 2024
The Vista Detention Facility. Picture by Chris Stone

The daddy of a person who died of an overdose on the Vista jail sued San Diego County this week, in what’s the second lawsuit up to now week to accuse sheriff’s deputies of collaborating in or allowing drug gross sales at county detention services.

Thursday’s lawsuit was filed on behalf of Rob Bousman, the daddy of 23-year-old James Bousman, who died on July 27, 2022.

Bousman was arrested the day earlier than his dying and the lawsuit alleges deputies both bought or offered him with the medication that led to his dying, or knowingly allowed different inmates to offer Bousman the medication.

Related claims had been made in a separate lawsuit filed earlier this week by the household of 31-year-old Chaz Man Younger-Villasenor, who fatally overdosed on the San Diego Central Jail on Could 5, 2022.

Each lawsuits additionally declare every man exhibited clear indicators that they had been in great ache of their cells, however jail workers allegedly didn’t instantly search medical consideration.

Sheriff’s Lt. David LaDieu mentioned the division couldn’t touch upon the specifics of the lawsuit, because it doesn’t touch upon pending litigation.

Nonetheless, relating to the allegations that deputies had been concerned in drug distribution, LaDieu mentioned. “The declare of our deputies being concerned in any means is categorically false. The Sheriff’s Division holds all of its staff to the best requirements and expects each worker to reside as much as our core values. Any allegation of misconduct or violation of regulation is totally investigated and handled accordingly. We take each allegation very significantly. Anybody wishing to file a grievance or present info into any wrongdoing is inspired to contact the division and report the incident to permit an investigation to happen.”

The boys had been amongst 20 individuals who died in San Diego County jails final yr. Eleven have died up to now in 2023.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.