Three Denver Sheriff Division deputies had been injured Tuesday afternoon whereas trying to restrain an inmate who was banging his head in an remark cell on the Downtown Detention Middle.
Two of the deputies hit their heads and a 3rd injured his wrist, Sheriff Patrick Firman mentioned at a Wednesday afternoon information convention. All three had been handled and launched at a hospital.
Reacting to criticism from the sheriff deputies union, Firman mentioned the incident was not associated to understaffing or overcrowding because the jail continues its ongoing reform effort.
The inmate, 24-year-old Shyheem Temple, had been banging his head on the door and wall of an remark cell and saying he wished to kill himself, Firman mentioned. Temple was being held on a $100 bond for shoplifting. He’s now dealing with three costs of second-degree assault to a peace officer.
The deputies had been making an attempt to restrain him to stop additional hurt and thought the scenario had been deescalated when he turned and commenced combating the deputies, Firman mentioned.
The Denver Sheriff Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 27 on Twitter criticized Firman after the incident.
“When is the mayor of Denver, govt director of security going to face up and be leaders. The Sheriff division has a beleaguered sheriff. Chaos guidelines each jails and this Sheriff was coined the “change agent” by the mayor when he employed him. A lot for change,” the union mentioned on Twitter.
The Denver Sheriff Division had 30 reported assaults leading to bodily accidents to employees between Jan. 1 and July 21, Firman mentioned. Injured employees had been transported to a hospital by ambulance in two of the incidents.
In 2017, over the identical time span, the Denver Sheriff Division had 33 experiences of assault leading to accidents and 4 had been transported to the hospital by ambulance, Firman mentioned.
Nevertheless, the sheriff’s division’s knowledge evaluation previously has been poor, and in 2017 the division modified the way it counted assaults.
The division has been present process a large reform effort, and the sheriff’s union has complained about rising assaults by inmates. Bettering knowledge evaluation has been a objective of the reform.
In response response to criticism from the FOP, Firman mentioned, “I perceive the frustration. As I mentioned, there are not any assaults which might be acceptable. To say that it’s an on a regular basis prevalence … it’s not on daily basis. However one is simply too many, so we’re going to proceed to work on bettering issues.”
Firman mentioned whereas the division confronted “staffing challenges” — a criticism from the FOP — the incident Tuesday was not the results of understaffing.
“Fortuitously this incident wasn’t a results of brief staffing or overcrowding,” he mentioned. “This was an incident that occurred as a result of we had a person that got here in that was unstable.”
Firman mentioned he was in a position to talk with the mayor’s workplace about addressing incidents involving inmates who had been dealing with a psychological well being disaster
“I feel a giant a part of it’s serving to our group perceive who’s in jail,” he mentioned. “I feel that’s one of many issues that we as a Sheriff Division can do with our knowledge science unit is present that form of knowledge to know that ‘Do we actually need as a group to incarcerate folks for $100 on a shoplifting cost?’ And if not, what’s the choice there? What can we as a group wish to do with these people?”
Reporter Noelle Phillips contributed to this story.