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alarcio v. los angeles county sheriff's department, et al.

civil rights



the case

Plaintiff was a mentally ill senior citizen who was arrested and taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after a mental health crisis at a bank. After a court appearance, Plaintiff was placed in the wrong cell, which housed another seriously mentally ill inmate. Plaintiff was viciously attacked by the mentally ill inmate resulting in Plaintiff being left in a permanent vegetative state and eventually causing Plaintiff's death 5 years later. Plaintiff’s alleged in a federal civil rights action, that Defendants, the jail custody personnel and jail mental health personnel, failed to protect Plaintiff from a known violent and severely mentally ill inmate. Plaintiff claimed that the incident was caused by systemic failure of the County’s mental health and custodial staff and their policies and procedures regarding the monitoring of mentally ill inmates. Defendant Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the individually named jail custody staff and mental health medical staff blamed the incident on the violent inmate who committed the attack. The case resolved for $7,000,000.00, which is the largest jail death-related settlement against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

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