In February 2021, 55-year-old Michael McDaniel died at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s facility in Orient.
Reportedly, there was a conflict between McDaniel and the prison guards. A video from the prison shows the guards breaking into his cell. McDaniel was forcibly removed from the cell and taken to a part of the prison where there was no video surveillance.
After that, the guards took him to the medical unit. On the way there, he fainted several times, and the guards deliberately pushed him to make him fall. The doctor’s appointment took less than a minute. After that, he again lost consciousness, and he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. There they declared his death. Doctors determined that he died from sudden cardiac arrest caused by stress.
In September 2021, the prosecutor said that the prison staff involved in McDaniel’s death would not be charged. In February 2022, McDaniel’s family filed a lawsuit against prison staff.
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“Those responsible for Michael’s death should be made to answer for their acts and/or omissions in a civil court of law,” McDaniel’s sister Jada said.
“Saddened that he was mistreated on so many levels by so many people. It was very disturbing and heart-wrenching. Still many unanswered questions,” Jada McDaniel said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against abuse committed by prison staff and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.