From KIRO 7: “Damaris Rodriguez died while behind bars at the SCORE jail, even though every moment of her four-day decline was captured on surveillance video.
The 43-year-old old mother of five was booked into the South Correctional Entity Jail in Des Moines on Dec. 30, 2017 after ‘she suffered from a mental health episode,’ according to the federal complaint her family filed in the United States District Court of Western Washington.
Rodriguez’s husband, Rey, recently spoke to KIRO 7 through an interpreter and said he called 911 that day ‘to get an ambulance, but instead the police arrived.’
‘I told them, she doesn’t need to go to jail. She needs to go to a hospital,’ the SeaTac man said.
During discovery, the family’s attorney received surveillance video from SCORE that shows a listless Rodriguez being carried into jail, apparently in handcuffs, on that late December afternoon. Multiple camera angles, show her being dragged into a booking cell and left there, lying face down.
Approximately 20 minutes later, Rodriguez is seen on surveillance being moved into another cell, where she then wanders in circles. By the next day – according to the time-stamped video – Rodriguez was naked, crawling and apparently vomiting.”