Three Milwaukee jail officials face felony charges in inmate's 2016 dehydration death

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Ramsey-Guy is accused of turning off the water and not logging the action nor informing other officers he had done so.

The former commander of the jail, Nancy Evans, has been charged with obstructing an officer and felony misconduct in office.

Police detectives asked Evans in a questionnaire during their investigation whether there was any documentation showing whether the water was turned off the whole time or intermittently. Nancy Evans, who served as the top official in the jail, allegedly failed to preserve surveillance video showing the water turned off. If convicted of both charges, Evans could face more than four years in prison. The document Evans signed off on answered that "there is no documentation indicating this".

Records show Thomas is accused of intentionally flooding a previous cell, so he was moved and the water was ordered turned off. Meadors is accused of not checking to see that water was restored to the cell.

"Our expectation when Mr. Thomas was brought into custody was that he would be kept safe".

The suit alleges that cutting water to inmates was a frequent practice at the jail done with full knowledge of officials and the then-sheriff. During the same year as Thomas' dehydration death, a baby died inside the facilities due to staff refusing to assist a detainee who was in labor.

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Thomas' water had been turned off since the start of his incarceration and it was not turned back on until after he died, according to the criminal complaint. Prosecutors presented jurors with jail logs documenting two cases in which disobeying inmates had water to their cells turned off - both within a month of Thomas dying. Former Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. was in office at the time of Thomas' death but has not commented on how Thomas was treated, the Journal-Sentinel reports.

"Defendant Evans' course of conduct during the investigation into Mr. Thomas' death, of withholding information from her superiors, lying to her supervisors, failing to preserve evidence, repeatedly lying to law enforcement investigators and lying at the inquest, constituted misconduct in public office."
Prior to Monday all three were on administrative duty and did not have contact with jail inmates, Schmidt said.

According to CNN, court documents show Thomas was arrested and charged in April 2016 after he fired shots in a local casino.

"My heart bleeds for these people", said interim Sheriff Richard Schmidt, who was not in charge when Thomas died. "To the family, I have nothing but deepest sympathies for their loss".

The attorney representing Thomas' family said they are happy with the DA's decision to file charges. "If this turns out to be exactly the way they've been written, it's horrific".

All three are now free on signature bonds following court appearances Monday. Chisholm said that no charges would be filed against the other four, corrections officers Jordon Johnson, Thomas Laine, John Weber and Dominique Smith, but he said criminal charges could be filed later against a company contracted to provide health care to inmates.

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