DOC captain, NYC hit with wrongful death suit over inmate suicide

The sister of an inmate who hanged himself final 12 months in a Manhattan jail cell has filed a wrongful death lawsuit towards town and a jail guard captain saying the person’s death might’ve been prevented, new courtroom papers present.

Elayna Manson accuses Capt. Rebecca Hillman and different officers of not following correct protocol, leading to her brother Ryan Wilson’s suicide on Nov. 22 on the Manhattan Detention Complex, in keeping with Manson’s Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

The suit, filed Tuesday, alleges that Hillman was on discover about Wilson’s suicide risk.

“We would rather have our brother here with us today,” Manson mentioned in an announcement to The Post. Still, “We want everything that our family is entitled to. We still want Rebecca Hillman to face jail time.”

Hillman was arrested on April 26 for allegedly ordering her subordinates to not assist the 29-year-old inmate — who was in jail on a parole violation and theft fees. After, Hillman additionally allegedly filed an official report falsely claiming she instructed the officers to intervene, prosecutors allege.

“Defendants facilitated Ryan Wilson’s death and failed to follow procedures when dealing with with suicidal prisoners and failed to prevent the unnecessary death of Ryan Wilson, even though they had an opportunity to do so,” the lawsuit fees.

Ryan Wilson
Ryan Wilson hanged himself in November.

“After defendants allowed Mr. Wilson to kill himself, they attempted to cover it up by filing false official reports and impeding official investigations into the incident.”

Wilson made a noose off the bed sheets, tying it to a light-weight within the cell. He then positioned the noose round his neck and known as an officer over, threatening to kill himself if the officer didn’t let him out, the Manhattan District Attorney’s workplace alleged.

The officer reported Wilson’s threats to Hillman who took no motion, in keeping with a prison criticism.

Then, Wilson began a depend down earlier than hanging himself, prompting the officer to yell for the cell to be unlocked so they might minimize him down. Then moments later Hillman got here out and instructed different inmates that Wilson was OK and was “playing,” prosecutors alleged.

Hillman ordered the cell to be opened however instructed the officer to not go inside as a result of Wilson was faking it and nonetheless respiratory. Hillman then known as for non-emergency again up, closed the cell door and resumed her rounds, prosecutors claimed.

It wasn’t till quarter-hour later that Hillman lastly ordered a medical group to return, however by that point, Wilson was useless, officers mentioned.

Hillman’s report within the aftermath falsely claimed that she had the cell door opened and minimize down Wilson instantly, authorities alleged.

Elayna Mason, sister of Ryan Wilson.
Elayna Mason, sister of Ryan Wilson.
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Because of Wilson’s death, Manson has endured “pain and suffering” and the “loss of companionship,” the suit claims.

Manson is searching for unspecified damages.

“Ryan Wilson’s life was lost in the City’s custody when those in power chose to let him die,” Manson’s lawyer John Elefterakis instructed The Post by e-mail. “This senseless loss of life will forever be felt by his family and serves as a painful reminder of the institutional injustices suffered by those who can least protect themselves.”

Hillman pleaded not responsible to fees of criminally negligent murder and providing a false instrument for submitting. She was launched with out bail.

She is at present on modified responsibility, in keeping with the Department of Correction.

The Department of Correction deferred touch upon the suit to the Law Department.

“This is a tragic case. We will work to achieve a just outcome,” metropolis Law Department spokesman Nicholas Paolucci instructed The Post.

“We will review the criminal case and all the facts necessary to determine whether these civil claims have merit.”

Kenneth Montgomery, Hillman’s lawyer in her prison case, declined to remark.

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