Two big questions linger after reading this flabbergasting story by Pierce Greenberg in the City Paper. One: How does a man go from a suspended driver's license charge to a severe beating and death? Two: Four deputies allegedly beat a man into a coma who was already in restraints? Greenberg:
Michael Minick’s wife and mother, the co-administrators of his estate, filed a lawsuit against several local law enforcement agencies, Corrections Corporation of America, and Nashville General Hospital over Minick’s death. Overall, the suit names 17 individuals and agencies for their involvement in Minick’s death.
According to the lawsuit, Minick, 39, was beaten into a coma by four [Davidson County] sheriff’s deputies while being treated at Nashville General Hospital after his arrest.
Metro Nashville Police Department officers arrested Minick on May 30, 2011, after he was found wandering in the woods. Police allegedly used a stun gun on Minick and took him into custody for failing to appear in court for a suspended driver’s license charge. He was later admitted to Nashville General Hospital for loss of muscle mass and severe dehydration.
The lawsuit said a deputy called for backup in the hospital room after Minick became combative. Then, four deputies allegedly beat Minick, who was already in handcuffs and other restraints. The suit claims Minick was punched, struck with a baton and pepper-sprayed during the incident. When nurses came in, Minick was breathless and blue, the lawsuit said. Hospital personnel were able to resuscitate Minick after 20 minutes. ...
Less than a month later, Minick, a father of three, died in hospice care. The lawsuit alleges a failure to provide constitutionally adequate care, failure to protect, and cruel and unusual punishment.
Read the rest of the story here. Though be warned: it raises more questions than it answers.