Clackamas County, Oregon Sheriff Craig Roberts released video footage of deputies laughing as a decorated Army veteran, Bryan Perry, suffered an agonizing drug-related death in a jail cell on Nov. 4, 2016.
The sheriff released two videos on Oct. 4, one day after after The Oregonian/OregonLive made a public records request for them.
Roberts also released a statement:
The laughter, substance, and tone of several comments heard from my employees in that video were inappropriate, and do not conform to our professional standards.
Roberts claimed that he disciplined the deputies, but refused to say what the discipline was.
Perry and his girlfriend were arrested together on Nov. 3, 2016, and told each other “I love you” while they were marched to different cells after 7 p.m. They had both ingested bath salts.
Deputy Matrona Shadrin, who filmed the videos, mocked that moment: “We should go show this to his girlfriend and be like, ‘You love this?’”
Deputy Ricky Paurus said on one video: “Look what I got for show-and-tell today.”
Deputy Lacey Sandquist suggested Perry could be “the new DARE.”
Perry — who was arrested for a probation violation — was deemed unresponsive at about 11:45 p.m. and taken to a hospital while in cardiac arrest. Perry was pronounced dead at 12:16 a.m.
One deputy noted in his report: “[Perry’s girlfriend] was not responding verbally and had begun to foam at the mouth brown and bloody looking fluid.”
Perry’s girlfriend was taken to the hospital two hours before Perry was, and survived.
Perry’s mother filed a lawsuit against the deputies — who watched her son writhe in agony for hours — and against medical staff from Corizon Health Inc., which is contracted by the jail to provide medical care to inmates.
Kelly Simon, a staff attorney with the ACLU, told KCBY that Perry’s death exposes a larger problem:
Sometimes the jails outsource the medical care to private for-profit companies.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to us that corners are going to get cut and human lives are going to be impacted by that.
Everybody who goes to jail has the right to medical care regardless of their worst mistake or their worst day.
Corizon Health refused to comment on the lawsuit or the incident, citing patient privacy laws, which they apparently think cover dead people.
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