Inmate Dies of Dehydration After Seven Days Without Water

Death has now been ruled a homicide


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Wisconsin inmate dies after being denied water for as much as a week.

Angel Arno, Staff Reporter

An inmate from Milwaukee County Jail has died, and local prosecutors say that 38-year-old Terrill Thomas died due to not having water in his cell for might have been seven consecutive days.

Thomas was arrested April 15, 2016 due to firing shots in a local casino. Thomas was charged with felony firearms violations and reckless endangerment.  He was being held in solitary confinement at the time of his demise.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner recently ruled Thomas’s death as a homicide in September. This has raised a lot of questions, seeing Thomas died April 24th 2016, and a year later people are finally looking into what happened.

After Thomas’s death, his family filed a 25- page civil complaint against the Sheriff, David Clarke who is responsible for the jail.

After Thomas died, the jail staff acted like they did not know what was going on. Everyone said they had no idea that Thomas’s water was shut off.

According to CNN coverage, “It should have been the toilet water, just the toilet water…I instructed to have the toilet water cut off because he was flooding the toilet,” said Lt. Kashka Meadors of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. Yet the jail did not record that Thomas was supposed to not have water to his toilet, so it was not in the Milwaukee Jail system records.

Yet other inmates claim they heard Thomas beg all the guards to give him water, and no one acted upon his request. “Starting on Monday and everyday after that, Thomas asked every Correctional Officer for water because the water in his cell was shut off,” inmate Marcus Berry told to the Milwaukee Police Department Detective Kyle Mrozinski, who reported this statement.

Lt. Jeffrey Andrykowski was the Officer on duty when Thomas died, he was the one who found him.

With the homicide charge now pending it will be up to the courts decide if the jail employees will be charged with not giving Thomas water and killing him of dehydration. The 8th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishement” and this certainly seems to qualify.