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The family of 33-year-old Christopher J. Parker filed a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit against Spokane County this week, three years after Parker died of a meth overdose exacerbated by his diabetes and restraint measures taken by jail staff. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the case should go to trial to show officers did nothing wrong.
An inmate died Thursday night in the Spokane County Jail, prompting an investigation into the cause and manner of the death. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said 57-year-old John E. Murphy was discovered unresponsive at 10:30 p.m.
The death of a 33-year-old man in the booking area of the Spokane County Jail in Feburary has been listed as a homicide.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has named the six deputies who were involved in struggle Sunday morning with a man who later died in a restraint chair in the booking area of the Spokane County Jail.
A man who died in custody at the Spokane County Jail on Sunday was identified Monday as Christopher J. Parker, 33. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident under the region’s critical incident protocol.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner today identified the man who died during booking Sunday at the Spokane County Jail, but listed both the cause and manner of death as pending further investigation. Christopher J. Parker, 33, died after he called 911 early Sunday, saying he was diabetic and he had ingested methamphetamine. Spokane Police responded, had Parker checked out by medical technicians, and then booked him into jail on an outstanding arrest warrant.