Washington State Jail Kills 25 Year-Old With Mental Health Problems By Starvation And Dehydration Washington State Jail Kills 25 Year-Old With Mental Health Problems By Starvation And Dehydration
Keaton Farris, 25, a young man struggling with biopolar disorder, died in jail from starvation and dehydration. He was originally arrested for trying to cash a... Washington State Jail Kills 25 Year-Old With Mental Health Problems By Starvation And Dehydration

Keaton Farris, 25, a young man struggling with biopolar disorder, died in jail from starvation and dehydration. He was originally arrested for trying to cash a $355 that wasn’t written in his name, but had no previous criminal record.

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Island County Sheriff, Mark Brown, released a report apologizing for dehydrating and starving this young man to death.

In the days leading up Farris’ death, an incompetent system of brutality and neglect would come together to facilitate the killing of this young man.

Upon arriving at the Lynnwood jail, Farris pleaded with officers. He tried to tell them that he was off of his medication. His father even called in and told jail officials the same. However, these requests were ignored.

Instead of treating the obviously mentally ill and distressed man, Farris was met with force, tasers, and restraints. He would be transferred to multiple prisons as law enforcement officers refused to render aid.

He was moved to the Snohomish County Jail where staff made notes that Farris appeared “gravely disabled” and was displaying symptoms of psychosis, according to the Daily Herald.

At this time no one at the jail is being held criminally responsible for the death(murder).

Here are the minuscule consequences that the county is only willing to dole out to the people responsible for the death:

  • The jail’s chief deputy was suspended for 30 days without pay
  • A lieutenant was placed on paid leave.
  • Two corrections deputies have resigned since being put on leave after the death, the Daily Herald of Everett reported.

This is an absolute atrocity that the Washington State judicial system needs to take responsibility for. Can you imagine if that was your son or daughter being held unlawfully, petrified and confused, coming in and out of psychosis for 20 days, only to die of deliberate dehydration and starvation?

Most people live life with little to no grasp of  the debilitating struggles of mental health. The majority of the population couldn’t even begin to imagine how traumatic a panic attack is, let alone full blown psychosis. This tragic loss falling directly in the hands of Washington state corrections officers could have been completely avoided if only Keaton was given basic medical care.

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  • Dj

    June 28, 2015 #1 Author

    Wow! How evil and low are All of the individuals involved. Yes All of you who made a conscious choice to ignore, and carryout this young mans death sentence they way you did. No one standing up for human rights! No one listening when his own father called. Smh. How can any of you sleep at night, spend time with your families knowing you took part in killing another human being. You think sorry is going to fix all the injustices you forced apon this young man and his family? Your clearly the ones who are sick and delusional. Its no wonder Americans have lost all respect for law enforcement and those individuals placed in leadership who abuse the system, look the other way, and try to wash their hands of any wrong doings!
    I have two children who have disabilities, and its sickening how any human being can become numb to compassion, understanding and take advantage of another human life.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Keaton ferris and his family. May you be comforted during this difficult time.
    I’m truly greatful to have an understanding of the Savior. One day we will all stand before our Lord. And you won’t have any excuse, no cover to hide behind and you will be held accountable for this young mans life and the misery you bestowed apon his family! There is no forgiveness for the shedding of Innocent blood and all your hands are stained with it.

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    • growthguided

      June 28, 2015 #2 Author

      I think that Keaton’s family needs to recognize that their son’s life was not for naught. This tragic event will touch the lives of millions of people and evoke change within the corrections systems.

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