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Monday, June 25, 2007

Family Will Sue Over Jail Death

The family of Emily Rae Rice will sue over her death at the jail after she was mistreated by both the hospital and the people at the jail.

The family of a woman who died last year while in the care of Denver sheriff's deputies plans to announce the filing of a lawsuit against the city today.

Emily Rae Rice, 24, died in jail on Feb. 19, 2006, of internal injuries suffered in a car accident the day before.

The woman's family contends that doctors who treated her before sending her to jail, as well as jail guards and employees, are responsible for her death because they failed to provide her with appropriate medical attention.

The family and its lawyers will appear at 11 a.m. at the City and County Building to announce the lawsuit.

Doctors treated Rice at Denver Health Medical Center after the accident and then sent her to jail on suspicion of drunken driving. She died 20 hours later after complaining for hours and asking for medical attention, her family said. Her pleas were ignored, they said.

The family plans to name the city, Denver Health and Hospitals, and several doctors, nurses and jail guards in the lawsuit, according to a news release issued by the Rice family's lawyers, Darold Killmer and Mari Newman.

"Despite having reported significant pain, and despite the fact that she had just been involved in a violent car accident, no tests were run on her, and vital signs were not taken upon her discharge to the Denver Jail," the news release states.

Denver Health has declined to comment.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

iT'S ABOUT TIME!!! BOTH INSTITUTIONS HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH ALOT IN THE YEARS,,,THE DEATHS AND DISABILITIES CAUSED TO PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN SWEPT UNDER THE RUG...IS HEDIOUS. FOR THIS FAMILY TO PURSUE THE MATTER IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE THE JAILS AND THE DHMC ACCOUNTABLE (AT LEAST MAKE THEM SQUEAK A BIT)AS A FORMER EMPLOYEE AND WHO LIVES IN THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY FOR 20 YEARS, IT GIVES ME THE PLEASURE TO SEE THEM IN COURT. BUT WILL THE FAMILY SETTLE OUT - IN MOST CASES MONEY WILL KEEP THEM FROM MAKING IT A PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE. EITHER WAY IT'S BRINGS SOME LIGHT TO THE ISSUE - INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE OF PEOPLE'S RIGHTS MUST BE DENOUNCED BY FIRING THOSE ON TOP!!

aurorarose said...

The family should go to court and reveal to the world what happened to their daughter and they will win more money then settling. Doing the right thing in respect and honor to her memory. ~ God Bless Her family and all those fighting the good fight! ~

Anonymous said...

I feel your loss.....My daughter Kasie was in the Butler County Jail in ElDorado Kansas and died after being there 5 days. They ignored her begging to go to the hospital. She had pneumonia and they just let her lay there. We as parents even called them to get her medical help. The Butler County Jail feel that they did everything they could for Kasie as she was taken to the infermary 8 times and was given tylenol. They even took her to court at 1:15 on June 25th in a wheelchair and she was so incoherant that the judge told them to get her help. She died that evening at 9:23 at the jail...they called an ambulance and she finally got to go to the hospital.....unfortunately dead.

Anonymous said...

說起這位明英宗朱祁鎮 真是好有一比:在北京高峰時酒店經紀段開車:生不完的氣。

先說年號問題,明朝皇帝在位時間再長, 酒店兼差年號也只有一個,惟獨他特殊,在位總共不過十五年,年號卻有兩個,前一個叫正統,後一個叫天順。倒不是因為他非要搞特權,兩個年號之間, 禮服店是由一大堆可氣的事串起來的。

先說正統朝,差不多是地球酒店打工人都知道的,這麼多的忠良幹才他不信任,偏寵信一個教書先生出身的太監王振, 一幹閹党把國家禍害得烏煙瘴氣。後來瓦剌犯邊,忠臣良將的苦勸不聽,偏聽死太監攛掇,非要御駕親徵, 合法酒店經紀帶著幾十萬人牛氣哄哄出了長城,按說既然親徵你就好好 打啊,他不,走到半道又後悔了,連敵人影 酒店工作都沒見著就撤兵,撤兵麼撤得快點啊,跑還沒跑成,讓人家圍在土木堡包了餃子,稀裏糊塗一場 酒店上班混戰,幾十萬大軍全死 光,連本人也當了俘虜。丟人到如此,實在可氣。

英宗被抓到蒙古高原上去啃生羊肉了, 酒店兼職爛賬總要有人收拾。皇帝讓人綁了,敵人打到家門口了,總不成學宋朝 來個衣冠南渡吧!還好喝酒 有他親弟弟給他收拾,弟弟朱祁鈺繼承帝位,改年號為景泰,可氣的正統朝總算結束了。景泰帝信用 酒店PT良臣于謙,成功組織北京保衛戰打垮敵 人,再運用外交壓力,逼得酒店喝酒 瓦剌把英宗放回來當太上皇,總算不用學宋徽宗那樣客死他鄉。折騰半天,祖宗江山差點丟了不說 禮服酒店,皇位也折騰沒了。這樣的鬧劇,怪不 得別人。

雖是傻事敗事一籮筐,但傻人總算有傻福,雖說皇位沒了, 台北酒店經紀命還是保住了,回來舒舒服服過太上皇的日子倒也 不交際應酬 錯,可他不消停,拉幫結派培植私人勢力,幾年後趁著弟弟病重搞了場“奪門之變”。奪粉味 回了皇位不說,上臺第一件事就是殺掉了功臣于謙。並把當初北京保衛戰 的功臣們來了個大清洗,掌握朝政大權的都是徐有貞、石亨、曹吉祥等一幫姦險小人。雖然過了沒幾年,這幾個人也被明英宗清算,下獄的下獄(石亨),充軍的充 軍(徐有貞) 寒假打工,被殺的被殺(曹吉祥),可明朝的政治氣象,還是一片烏煙瘴氣。

皇位奪回來了,自然就要改年號。於是,明英宗 兼差改年號為天順。從正統年到天順年,打敗仗,殺忠良,寵小人,亂國家,儘是他辦的敗事, 酒店小姐每每讀史到此,不知有多少人氣得 酒店公關直哆嗦。

可正統朝的事畢竟年頭遠了,真正給後 暑假打工世攢下麻煩的,是天順朝。

“天順”麼,按字面意思,自然有風調雨順的意思。 打工從這個意義上說,“天順”朝時代的明朝,運氣還真不 壞,別的且不說,單說綁過明英宗票的瓦剌,那在土木堡創下台北酒店經紀擊敗明朝幾十萬大軍,活捉明朝皇帝偉業的瓦剌首領也先,沒死在大對頭明朝手裏,倒在內戰中被一刀 砍死。到了天順朝時期,瓦剌又和鄰居韃靼打個不停,因此,雖然少了良將於謙,但終天順一朝的邊 酒店境形勢,還算是太平無事。