Lawsuit alleges negligence in man’s overdose death after jail guards heard mocking him in video

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A grieving mother is suing an Oregon jail after videos showing the guards laughing as her son was suffering from a drug overdose surfaced.

According to NBC4’s sister station KOIN, Brian Perry died inside a padded cell at Clackamas County Jail two years ago. Cellphone video shows Perry writhing in his cell, unable to control his body, as jail workers sat and made snide comments about what was happening. The workers said Perry told them he was on methamphetamine and bath salts.

“This is like the new DARE,” one worker said.

“Can we just take him and put him in front of a classroom?” another asked.

“We could just wheel him in in a cage and wheel him back out.”

Now, Perry’s mother is suing the jail and the medical provider for the jail, accusing them of negligence. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court this week, alleges that in addition to the videos recorded by the jail workers and the coarse remarks in them, nurses only checked on Perry twice that night for a total of five minutes. He went into cardiac arrest and was found “unconscious, unresponsive and pulseless,” according to KOIN. Perry was rushed to the hospital where he died.

The Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts released a statement addressing the allegations in the lawsuit, stating:

The laughter, substance and tone of several comments heard from my employees in that video were inappropriate and do not conform to our professional standards. We conducted an internal investigation and took disciplinary action against employees who still worked at the sheriff’s office.”

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