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    Transgender woman?s death (Layleen Cubilette-Polanco, 27) in NYC jail under investigation

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    NEW YORK ? The family of a transgender woman who died in a New York City jail says she had a seizure disorder and other health problems and was hospitalized weeks before her death.

    A jail officer found 27-year-old Layleen Polanco unresponsive in her Rikers Island cell Friday. She had been in custody since mid-April, unable to post $500 bail after an assault arrest.

    A jail officer found 27-year-old Layleen Polanco unresponsive in her Rikers Island cell Friday.

    The medical examiner has yet to determine a cause of death but said no trauma was involved.

    David Shanies, an attorney representing Polanco's mother and sister, says jail officials were aware of Polanco's health problems.

    He says she never should have been left alone in a cell.

    Polanco's death has attracted attention from prisoner advocates.

    She had been in custody since mid-April, unable to post $500 bail after an assault arrest.

    Correctional Health Services, which provides medical care to inmates, declined comment citing patient privacy.



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    NEW YORK ? A transgender woman's death on Rikers Island is leading to calls for an investigation and a rally planned for Monday in lower Manhattan.

    Layleen Polanco, 27, was found dead in her cell Friday afternoon at Rikers' jail for female inmates, the Rose M. Singer Center, according to officials.

    The NYC Department of Correction said on Twitter Saturday that they are investigating the "tragic death" and that they "take this matter extremely seriously."

    "We have so far determined the death was not the result of violence or foul play," the DOC's tweet reads.

    The Department is investigating the tragic death of a transgender female detainee in our custody. We take this matter extremely seriously. We have so far determined the death was not the result of violence or foul play. We will share more information as we determine the cause.

    However, lawyers representing Polanco's family released a statement on their behalf Sunday saying they are left "shocked and outraged by the stony silence from the Department of Correction, Mayor's Office, NYPD, and city government."

    "The city failed to protect Layleen, and now it is trying to sweep her death under the rug. We will not allow it," the family's statement says.

    Polanco's family, as well as advocacy groups, are demanding answers and a full investigation.

    Layleen's sister in Yonkers started a GoFundMe campaign for assistance with funding her funeral while pleading for answers into how her sister died. She says Polanco was due to be released in just about a week.

    Polanco had been at Rikers since being arrested in April for assault and drug possession.

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    People who have seizure disorder and other health problems shouldn't go around assaulting people, keep your hands to yourself and you wont end up in jail.

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    Layleen Polanco: No criminal charges in death of transgender Rikers Island inmate

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    Criminal charges will not be brought in the case of a transgender inmate who died in her Rikers Island cell last year, the city’s Department of Investigation said Friday.

    Layleen Polanco, 27, was found dead at Rikers’ Rose M. Singer Center on June 7, 2019, of complications of epilepsy. She was being housed in solitary confinement at the time — a condition that her family’s lawyer contends was a contributing factor in her death.

    “DOI’s review of the case did not reveal any actions taken by [Department of Correction] staff that may have contributed to [Polanco’s] death,” reads the DOI report, which was released Friday.

    Investigators did, however, find there was a 47-minute gap between tours of Polanco’s housing area. Inmates in solitary confinement are required to be checked on at least once every 15 minutes at irregular intervals, officials said.

    The DOI said it referred the violation to the DOC for “appropriate administrative action.”

    The DOC didn’t immediately return an email.

    Polanco, born Daniel Cubilette, was jailed because she was unable to post $500 bail for charges related to an arrest on April 13, at which time she also had an open warrant.

    She was placed in solitary confinement for allegedly assaulting other inmates.

    The DOI’s investigation was done in conjunction with the Bronx DA’s Office’s Public Integrity Bureau.

    “The purview of this office is not to determine whether it was a wrong decision to place Ms. Polanco into Punitive Segregation while she was suffering from a documented seizure disorder,” Bronx DA Darcel Clark said in a statement Friday. “The purview of this office is to determine whether that decision rose to the level of criminal behavior.

    “After an in-depth investigation by my Public Integrity Bureau, we have concluded that we would be unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any individual committed any crime associated with Ms. Polanco’s demise,” Darcel continued. “We will not be seeking any criminal charges related to this devastating event.”

    Polanco’s family blasted her death as “criminal.”

    “We never believed the Bronx District Attorney would hold anyone criminally responsible for it,” they said in a statement provided by their lawyer, David Shanies. “Layleen’s family has received amazing support from the community, but they have never relied on anyone but themselves, least of all the city government, to get justice for Layleen. In their pending federal lawsuit, they will hold Layleen’s killers to account.”

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    Four Rikers guards suspended in death of transgender inmate Layleen Polanco

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    The Department of Correction is suspending three jail guards and a captain, and bringing charges against 13 other staffers, for their roles in the high-profile death of Layleen Polanco, a 27-year-old transgender inmate on Rikers Island.

    The disciplinary action comes more than a year after Polanco died in an isolation cell from an epileptic seizure and days after the city Department of Investigation and Bronx District Attorney ended their joint investigation, declining to press criminal charges against the officers involved.

    “The death of Layleen Polanco was an incredibly painful moment for our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “What happened to Layleen was absolutely unacceptable and it is critical that there is accountability.”

    City Hall said the action was the result of an internal DOC probe into the case, but provided few other details about the probe or its conclusions in the brief three-paragraph statement released late Friday.

    “We are committed to ensuring that all of our facilities are safe and humane,” said DOC Commissioner Cynthia Brann.

    “Even one death in our custody is one too many and this swift and fair determination on internal discipline makes clear that the safety and well-being of people in our custody remains our top priority.”

    All told, 17 officers are facing disciplinary charges linked to Polanco’s death, including failure to conduct required cell checks and making fraudulent log entries, a person familiar with the matter said.

    City Hall’s statement did not disclose if the DOC is moving to fire the four officers suspended without pay, nor did it say how long those suspensions would last.

    However, the DOI/Bronx probe did reveal that jailers failed to perform at least two required wellness checks on Polanco, leaving her cell un-inspected for 47 minutes despite requirements they stop by every 15 minutes.

    Polanco suffered from epilepsy and was locked up in solitary confinement when she died on June 7, 2019, for allegedly assaulting other prisoners on three separate occasions, according to a memo released by DOI.

    A detailed timeline included in the document shows Officers Talaya Gales and Tykisha Williams last checked on Polanco at 1:40 pm.
    Williams would not circle back again until 2:27 pm, according to security camera footage the agency reviewed.

    But it wasn’t until Gales checked the cell once more at 2:41 pm that authorities appeared to discover something was horribly wrong.

    Williams returned to the cell at 2:43 pm and by 2:47 pm, the pair had opened Polanco’s cell and summoned Captain Kimberly McZick.

    The officers wrote in their incident reports that Williams began to perform CPR on Polanco and when that didn’t work, McZick left to get a defibrillator.

    Security footage shows her returning with the device at 2:50 pm. The jail’s medical staff arrived by 2:55 p.m., though EMS would take nearly another half hour to appear, according to the DOI review of the tape.

    “These suspensions represent an egregious abuse of power that is unprecedented,” said Corrections Officers Benevolent Association president Elias Husamudeen, labeling the disciplinary charges as “a disgrace!”

    “We will vigorously fight these suspensions and refuse to allow this city to demonize Correction Officers,” he added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S281Saleen160 View Post
    People who have seizure disorder and other health problems shouldn't go around assaulting people, keep your hands to yourself and you wont end up in jail.
    Seeing this thread reminds me that Saleen's ban is almost up.

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