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Milwaukee County Inmate Dies at Jail Medical Clinic

Authorities say a 51-year-old inmate died Tuesday night at the Milwaukee County jail. 

Sheriff David Clarke's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin says the inmate was brought into the jail on Tuesday morning. By 10:00 p.m., the inmate complained of not feeling well.  

McLaughlin says staff immediately responded, and called for a medical unit from the Milwaukee Fire Department.  The inmate lost consciousness at the jail clinic and both jail and fire department staff were unable to revive him.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is handling the death investigation.  An inquest jury in May, found there was probable cause for negligence in the death of another Milwaukee County inmate, Terrill Thomas.  Jail staff was accused of torturing Thomas, whose water supply was shut off for a week in April of 2016.  Thomas died of dehydration.  District Attorney John Chisholm hasn't decided yet whether to charge up to seven jail officials with felony abuse and neglect.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.
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