San Diego County Jail Civil Lawsuit

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Lonnie Rupard, a 47-year-old man suffering from schizophrenia, died in his cell at San Diego County's Central Jail, and the San Diego County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Diego County Sheriff Kelly Martinez, the sheriff's department, former Sheriff Bill Gore, and the medical agencies responsible for jail services, alleging negligence and deliberate indifference in his care. Lonnie Rupard died in March 2022 due to pneumonia, malnutrition, and dehydration, compounded by neglected schizophrenia. He also tested positive for COVID-19 during his time in custody.

The civil lawsuit claims that Lonnie did not receive proper care and dignity while at the jail, with conditions described as inhumane. His son, Justino Rupard, called what happened to his father "torture and starvation" and hopes the lawsuit will prevent similar tragedies in the future. Lonnie Rupard is one of many inmates who have died in San Diego County custody, and the attorney's at Low Lazar Law filing the lawsuit believes this points to a larger systemic failure, especially for inmates with psychiatric problems. The sheriff's department responded by stating that they prioritize the well-being of individuals in their custody but did not comment further on the pending litigation.

Read more about Lowe Lazar Law's recent involvement in this important case.

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