Mans family sues over jail death

first_imgThe family of Marius C. Asanachescu, a mentally ill man who died while in custody at the Clark County Jail last year, has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the county and the jail’s medical provider.The lawsuit alleges Asanachescu’s civil rights were violated and seeks an unspecified amount of money in compensation for his death as well as punitive damages.Asanachescu died in February 2012 at age 28.Clark County Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Wickham ruled the death was a homicide from asphyxia while Asanachescu was being restrained by custody officers. The fatality was investigated by detectives from the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. In January, Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve said no charges would be filed against the officers. He called the incident “an unfortunate, tragic accident,” but said the custody officers “acted appropriately and used a reasonable amount of force given the situation they faced.”At the time of his death, Asanachescu, who had bipolar disorder, had prior criminal convictions and received Social Security disability payments, was in jail on charges of assaulting his brother. He had been awaiting transfer to Western State Hospital for a mental competency evaluation.In a 45-page complaint filed recently in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Vancouver attorney William Nelson and Portland attorney David Meyer allege the defendants were “deliberately indifferent” to Asanachescu’s needs.last_img

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