cleveland cleveland.com 21 Dec, 2020 15:30 am

Family of man who died of suicide in Cuyahoga County Jail after repeatedly warning jail staff sues county

Family of man who died of suicide in Cuyahoga County Jail after repeatedly warning jail staff sues county
The family of Brenden Kiekisz, who was one of eight Cuyahoga County Jail inmates to die in 2018, sued the county on Monday.

Jail staff knew Kiekisz took medication for bipolar disorder and depression and that had tried to commit suicide two days before his arrest, according to documents previously obtained by cleveland.It also happened after medical officials repeatedly begged jail staff to ensure inmates quickly receive medical screenings to identify those at risk of suicide.That caused hundreds of inmates to go without getting medical screenings at a time when the jail was overpopulated and understaffed, something medical officials pleaded with the jail staff to change.Brenden encountered a jail staff who dismissed him, a staff that didn’t follow rules at a jail that had few rules in place.

The county last month settled a lawsuit for $950,000 with the family of Gregory Fox, who took his own life in the jail months before Kiekisz’s death.Kiekisz’s death followed seven other inmate deaths at the jail that year and a U.

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