According to the Sheriff’s Officer in Jefferson County, the inmate was Tasered after he become combative with guards.
Ricky Deangelo Hinkle, 47, was Tasered and then taken to the hospital after he became unresponsive. He was pronounced deαd after paramedics were unable to revive him.
Hinkle was in jail due to a parole viοlation and an assaυlt charge. He was separated from other inmates after he created a disturbance during lunchtime.
“While in the process of moving, the inmate threatened to harm himself. At that point it was determined the inmate should be placed in a cell that allowed twenty-four-hour monitoring to prevent any possible sυicide attempt,” the agency said, according to AL.com.
“When they arrived at the cell the inmate became combative, refused to enter and began scuffling with one of the deputies. A second deputy deployed a Taser to bring the inmate under control. After engagement the inmate fell to the floor and became unresponsive,” read a statement.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation has been brought in to investigate the incident.
As Al.com reported in June, some of Alabama’s prisons have a history of abυsing inmates:
On a routine cell transfer in 2012, a handcuffed inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility had a few choice words that pricked the ear of Warden Carter Davenport.
Davenport, then a 24-year corrections veteran, wasn’t going to let it slide. Not in the state’s second-most-violent prison. Not from an inmate placed in segregation — a dorm reserved for the prison’s worst troublemakers.
Incensed, Davenport clenched his fist and cracked him in the head. When the inmate quieted down, Davenport removed his shackles and led him back to his cell.