Officers’ shocking neglect of disturbed South Bay prison inmate pictured – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Body camera footage recorded the day an inmate repeatedly beat his head as he was transported to the Santa Clara County Main Jail and then pleaded with officers correctional officers for medical help was released on Friday, three years after the incident.
The release comes after county supervisors asked the sheriff’s office to share the footage with the public and called for a multi-agency investigation into Sheriff Laurie Smith who oversees the jail.
“I want the audience to watch this video and say, ‘Someone has to be held accountable,’” said Supervisor Joe Simitian who, along with Supervisor Otto Lee, led the request for an investigation into Smith. “Then I want to see that responsibility in our sheriff’s department, starting with the sheriff herself. “
In the video, Andrew Hogan can be heard asking correctional officers at Elmwood Institution to see a nurse after expressing he was not feeling well in August 2018.
Hogan becomes restless and bangs his head against his cell door before being shackled and moved to the lobby of the facility. In the meantime, his restlessness does not subside and he is eventually taken to a prison transport van, which he initially refuses to enter.
“The doctor is waiting for you, the doctor is waiting for you,” we hear a woman say.
However, according to a report released by the county, neither an ambulance nor medical personnel were waiting for Hogan at the main prison.
At the time, Hogan was bleeding profusely from his head and he told the police he had a large gash.
Body camera video shows Hogan continuing to bang his head inside the van on his way to the main prison and an officer at the wheel even calls a sergeant saying, “He’s banging his head.” There’s blood all over our van right now.
Once at the prison, however, a chained Hogan is kept inside the van.
“I’m dying, hey, take me guys out,” he can be heard screaming. “I need water because I’m going to pass out. Please bring me some water.
Instead, the video shows officers closing the van doors on Hogan.
Then, in what Simitian said most disturbing, a female correctional supervisor tells officers that Hogan will stay in the van until an ambulance arrives.
“We’re going to wait, he can do all the damage he wants, we’re just waiting for him to be safe for us,” we heard in the footage.
“The response from the duty supervisor was to let him do his best,” Simitian said. “How can that not just send a thrill through one of us who has some sense of humanity.”
Hogan, who now suffers from long-term disabilities as a result of the incident, was in a coma for several weeks.
Simitian said an internal affairs investigation was opened after the transport to jail, and then quietly closed. He said the public would never have heard of the case if Hogan’s family had not filed a complaint.
It was settled for $ 10 million – the largest settlement in the county’s history.
Shortly after the incident, one of the duty supervisors received a promotion and a raise and another is still working for the county, according to Simitian.
KPIX contacted the sheriff’s office for comment on Friday, but has yet to receive a response.