JUSTICE

David Clarke’s Ex-Jail Staffers Charged for Inmate’s Dehydration Death

Three former law-enforcement staffers of ex-Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke were charged Monday with “felony misconduct in office” and “obstructing an officer” for denying an inmate water for seven days while he was in solitary confinement. Terrill Thomas, a 38-year old with bipolar disorder, did not have access to water after jail Lt. Kashka Meadors and correctional officer James Ramsey-Guy both shut off Thomas’ water access. Investigations focused on four days of missing surveillance footage, and conflicting statements from Major Nancy Evans. Authorities said Evans withheld “information from her superiors, [lied] to her supervisors, [failed] to preserve evidence” and “repeatedly [lied] to law enforcement investigators” regarding the existence of the video evidence.