Terrill Thomas died of dehydration at the Milwaukee Country Jail back in April 2016 after the water in his cell was turned off. The family of Terrill Thomas filed a civil lawsuit against the Milwaukee County and Armour Correctional Health Services. The suit was filed 3 and a half months after a inquest hearing found seven jail officials liable for his death.
The seven jail officials and 22 other defendants were named in the lawsuit, including Milwaukee County and Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., whose office ran the jail. The defendants include eight jail supervisors, 14 correctional officers, Armor Correctional Health Services, a doctor and three nurses who worked for Armor at the jail. The lawsuit claims that Terrill Thomas was subjected to unconscionable pain and suffering. In causing his death Milwaukee County Jail was in violation of the 14th Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Wisconsin law.
The news is now reporting that someone close to the family leaked information that the lawsuit will settle at close to 7 million. According to the source the county would pay $5 million and the rest from “Armour Correctional Health Services. This would be one of the highest settlements given to any black male who died in police custody in the State of Wisconsin.