Westley Wilson, 29, is a quadriplegic following an attempted suicide while in the custody of the Multnomah County Detention Center, in downtown Portland.
From The Oregonian:
Lawyers for Westley Wilson, 29, who was in custody in May on charges he violated a restraining order, say the jail failed to place Wilson on suicide watch or provide a secure environment since he was able to jump to his near-death.
The suit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, which seeks $12 million in damages, comes two years after the county recorded an increase in jail suicides and a grand jury report urged changes.
Attorney Greg Kafoury, of the Portland firm Kafoury and McDougal, said the sheriff’s office should have recognized Wilson was depressed and suffering a psychotic episode and placed him in a secure cell on suicide watch.
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The Oregonian—Maxine Bernstein (02/07/2013)