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.
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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