Sheriff's deputies indicted in inmate death
Published Sep 13, 2007 9:02 PM
A Summit County, Ohio, grand jury indicted five sheriff’s deputies on
Sept. 7 in connection with the August 2006 death of inmate Mark McCallaugh Jr.
The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by asphyxiation from
multiple forms of restraint and blows. McCallaugh was 28.
The indictments are similar to the lawsuit filed last month by
McCallaugh’s family against over a dozen deputies and jail medical
staffers. Through their attorney, his parents have stated they believe that
excessive force was used to subdue their son.
McCallaugh, who suffered from mental illness, was arrested Aug. 8, 2006, and
charged with assaulting an Akron police officer. While in custody on Aug. 20,
2006, he became agitated and slashed his wrists. It was then, according to both
the special prosecutor and the lawsuit, that the deputies went out of
McCallaugh was restrained by both his wrists and ankles, hit repeatedly with a
stun gun, and sprayed with pepper spray. He was also beaten. The autopsy also
revealed an unspecified anal injury.
The deputies will be arraigned Sept. 11 on charges ranging from: murder, for
the ranking deputy; reckless homicide, for two other deputies; and felonious
assault for the remaining two deputies. In a country where police brutality
seldom is punished, this is unusual. So is the fact that the victim in this
case, McCallaugh, was white.
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