- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A western Missouri county is paying a $150,000 settlement to the family of a man who died after being restrained in a chair at a detention center.

Jackson County approved the wrongful death settlement Monday, the Kansas City Star reported .

Richard DeGraffenreid, 35, was arrested on a parole violation in July. He was placed in a restraint chair at the Jackson County Detention Center after becoming combative, according to county officials. DeGraffenreid was found unresponsive in the chair hours later and pronounced dead at a medical center.

A medical examiner ruled DeGraffenreid’s death an accident attributed to drug intoxication from cocaine and methamphetamine.

DeGraffenreid didn’t have previous medical issues, according to Ruth Garrison, his mother.

“Even though he was in trouble, my son was a good boy, a good man,” she said. “He worked hard. I just want answers. I want to know what happened to my son.”

The family’s attorney, John Picerno, declined to comment on the settlement. County settlements usually involve a non-disclosure agreement restricting those involved from commenting on the case.

Picerno said details will be revealed in a lawsuit he plans to file against the detention center’s health care provider, Correct Care Solutions.

He said the nurse mistook DeGraffenreid’s health emergency for a disciplinary issue.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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