Florida Lawsuit Says Prison Staff Gassed Inmate to Death

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A 27-year-old Florida prisoner who died in 2010 was killed by corrections officers who tortured, gassed and beat him, charges a federal civil rights lawsuit filed yesterday, the Miami Herald reports. Inmate Randall Jordan-Aparo suffered from a genetic blood disorder that had flared up in the months before his death. As his condition worsened, the lawsuit alleges, corrections officers, doctors, and nurses at the prison denied him medical attention, and when he complained, they forced him into an isolation cell and gassed him until he could no longer breathe. The inmate, who was serving time for credit card fraud, was found dead in his cell, naked except for his boxer shorts. His hair, legs, toes and mouth — as well as the walls of the cell — were coated with orange residue, a byproduct of the chemical spray.

The suit, brought on behalf of Jordan-Aparo’s 12-year-old daughter, alleges that the corrections officers murdered Jordan-Aparo and that the nurses, doctors and warden conspired to cover up his death by removing evidence, doctoring reports and threatening witnesses. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal actions filed against the Florida Department of Corrections involving inmates who died, allegedly as a result of mistreatment by staffers. The lawsuits claim that the agency has a history of corruption that involves destroying and concocting evidence to hide the suspicious deaths of inmates.


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