Jail found not criminally responsible for inmate’s death

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 8:41 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- Spokane Prosecutors announced Friday that staff at the Spokane County Jail is not criminally responsible for the death of an inmate.

Christopher Parker, 33, called 911 in February 2013 asking for help with his drug use according to records. He told dispatchers that he took too much meth according to investigators. Later, he was medically cleared to go to jail. Once he was inside the jail, he became unruly, was tased, and then put in a restraint chair according to jail staff.

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Washington State Patrol investigated the case and recently handed forwarded it to prosecutors.

Parker’s death was originally ruled a homicide by the Spokane County Medical Examiner.

On Friday, Prosecuting Attorney Steve Tucker said jail staff followed policy and will not face any charges for what happened.

READ: Spokane County Jail Command Staff discusses 'use of force' protocol

The Spokane Fire Department also came under fire for clearing Parker for jail. SFD leaders said no reckless behavior was found on their behalf but they are doing more training for drug related calls.

“If the exact same thing happened tonight, likely responders would go on the side of the patient and transport the patient to the hospital,” said Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department.

It is still uncertain if this case will go to civil court.

READ:Medical Examiner identifies inmate who died at the Spokane County Jail

 

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