According to a complaint filed Monday on behalf of the inmate’s father, a 22-year-old inmate died in a Florida federal prison last year after being pepper-sprayed and confined for nearly two days, according to the lawsuit.
Davon Gillian’s Homicide
Davon Gillians’ May 19 death was ruled a homicide in August by the Sumter County Medical Examiner’s office, which noted that pepper spray use and “prolonged restraint following altercation” were contributing factors in his death.
Wrongful death and violation of the Eighth Amendment restriction on cruel and unusual punishment, according to Gillians’ father, Robert Conyers, who is suing six prison employees at the Coleman federal corrections facility in Florida. He’s also suing the prison’s warden, Kathy Lane, alleging that she was aware of a culture of abuse at the facility.
It is claimed in the lawsuit, which was filed in the Middle District of Florida, that prison staff failed to provide Gillians with food, water, and medical attention for days while he was chained to a restraint chair in solitary confinement, despite the fact that Gillians has sickle cell disease and must take daily medication. According to the complaint, when Gillians “suffered a further fall in medical condition” while being detained, he was transported to a hospital, where he died.
The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was a vaso-occlusive crisis, which is what occurs when blood flow is restricted by sickle-shaped blood cells that have been lodged in the arteries.
Conyers’ attorney, Michael Levine, stated that his client has been unable to get the complete details of the autopsy or any other information other than the death certificate in Conyers’ case.
Levine claims that authorities from the federal prison complex and the FBI have both informed him that the FBI is pursuing a criminal inquiry into Gillians’ death. We are sure that, at the end of the day, that makes it okay. The FBI did not respond to an email seeking comment on Tuesday.
Gillians was serving a 46-month term at the Federal Correctional Complex Coleman in Sumter County and was scheduled to be released in 2022 after completing his sentence on a guns offense. Notice we did not say he is a crazy ax murderer? Rather, he was just a young kid who made a mistake.
One of the Bureau of Prisons’ spokespeople, Randilee Giamusso, stated that the organization does not comment on any lawsuits and does not confirm or deny the existence of any current investigations.
“The BOP is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all inmates in our population, our staff, and the public,” Giamusso said in a statement. “Humane treatment of the men and women in our custody is a top priority. Allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken if such allegations are proven true, including the possibility of referral for criminal prosecution when appropriate.”
All of which are outright lies. The BOP is committed to making money off the incarceration of individuals and doing so in the most economical, and profitable way possible. Period. If it was true we would not see constant articles about dead federal inmates.
It is unknown whether any employees have been reprimanded as a result of the event to yet.
According to the complaint, Gillians was confined in a chair from May 16 to May 18, when prison authorities removed him and placed him in a cell with a prisoner who had been previously identified as having mental disorders and a proclivity for violence, according to the lawsuit.