This is horrific.
Perez was being housed in module B-2 of the Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center on July 9 at about 7:40 p.m. when he and other detainees were taken to a cafeteria for snacks. When the youths were finished eating, an ordinary search of the boys for contraband food turned into an episode of “horseplay,” as officers laughed and joked with the youths they were searching, the report said.
Eric was “roughly tossed in the air, striking the wall and/or floor with his head and shoulder as he came down,” the report said. Security video from that day showed Eric wobbly on his feet after he fell… .
“Mr. Perez then rose to his feet, using the wall for balance, before he stumbled forward, fell and appeared to strike his head on the corner of a table,” the report said. It was the second time Eric had struck his head that night.
At 2:22 that morning, Eric rolled off a mattress he had been placed on and vomited. He then defecated on himself, officers said. Although Eric could not stand, “no attempt was made to call 911 or otherwise seek medical assistance,” the report said.
Guards did make two calls to a lockup nurse, but the woman was not on call and did not return the messages, the report said.
One officer on duty that night told grand jurors that she overheard a supervisor say Eric “was faking, and he did not want to fill out extra paperwork.” …
Given the medical evidence,” the report said, “the officer was checking on a person who was dead for approximately one hour.”
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