JLF Piedmont Triad Blog

BJ, Skip point fingers over inmate death suit

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes and former Commission Chairman Skip Alston point fingers over the Christopher Armstrong $500k wrongful death suit:

“It was total neglect on the county’s part that killed this young man,” Alston said. “It was our negligence, the negligence of the jail and the sheriff’s office.”

But Barnes called Alston’s comments “ignorance” and said his jail guards did everything they could to keep an unstable inmate from harming himself or others. They in no way contributed to his death, Barnes said.

Barnes said it was ultimately the commissioners’ decision to settle with the man’s family. He said he disagreed with the decision but wasn’t given a vote.

Commissioner Bruce Davis weighed in, too, saying he “was very disappointed that the sheriff did not want to take responsibility and did not want to discipline the guards who, in my opinion, were instrumental in causing the death of this inmate.”

The bigger question is why we’re just now hearing about this when the settlement was reached late last year, if indeed we can be as relieved as the sheriff that it’s been made public in order to shine light on the problem of dealing with mentally ill inmates.

Leave a Reply

........As you post your comment, please conform to Piedmont Publius's simple comment policy: we welcome all perspectives, but require that comments be both civil and respectful. If you wouldn't say it to a co-worker in front of your boss, it probably is not civil and respectful. We will delete any comment that fails this test and issue a warning to the poster. A second offense will result in a ban on commenting on this site. In sum, disagreements, arguments even, are welcome; abusive behavior is not. Thanks.




September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

RSS Feeds

Archives

JLF Network Websites & Blogs