[WATCH] If Trainer at Denver Jail Isn’t Removed More Inmates Will Likely Die

Attorney Darold Killmer, corresponding via email, responds like so: “This astonishing testimony, from a trainer at the jail, shows clearly why inmates keep getting killed and maimed at the Denver jail. Mr. Yamaguchi should be first in line to receive the new training required by the Marshall settlement. In the meantime, he should be removed from his job as trainer, or more inmates will likely die.”

Background on the Marshall case can be found in a Denver District Attorney’s Office decision letter explaining why criminal charges weren’t pressed against deputies involved in the incident. According to the document, Marshall was arrested for trespassing on November 7, 2015, after which he was placed in the Denver Detention Center’s 4D pod, described as a “special management unit on the fourth floor.”

Prior to his jailing, Marshall had reportedly refused to take medicine prescribed to fight the effects of schizophrenia, and he’d had six police contacts over a 48-hour period. During 911 calls, he’s said to have been “rambling” and engaged in “ranting.”

On November 11, Marshall was allowed free time out of his cell, but when he “was observed behaving in a strange and erratic manner” and approaching another inmate aggressively, deputies intervened and took him to an area dubbed a “sally port,” with a bench on one side of a long hallway.

It’s at this point that a video of Marshall’s final moments begins. See it here:

The clip shows Marshall slumping to the floor of a Denver jail corridor after being pushed by a deputy in an action that was forceful but not overtly aggressive. The deputies responded by holding Marshall down (even though he didn’t appear to be struggling) before transitioning into an unsuccessful attempt to revive him. An autopsy determined that, in all likelihood, he choked to death on his own vomit.

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