Craig Ridley, 62, died in a Florida prison on October 12, 2017, when officers snapped his neck and left him to die. The Miami Herald released a piece about his ordeal on Wednesday (Oct. 12).
Sgt. John Nettles hit the detainee in the face on September 8, 2017, after he made a rude comment. Capt. then tackled Ridley to the ground. Jerrels, William The 62-year-old Army veteran was told to get up after curling up on the ground in anguish. Ridley told the guards he couldn’t walk anymore. Corrections staff apparently prepared a wheelchair for the convict, who allegedly struggled to sit in it. “My neck is broken,” he explained.
The Miami Herald obtained a video of the upsetting occurrence. When Ridley said he couldn’t walk after being confined in a cell, guards Sgt. John Nyitray and Officer Daniel Greene told him, “You’re bulls**ting…You’re just trying to win a lawsuit,” according to the video. According to reports, the Army veteran needs assistance using the restroom following his injuries. He was placed on a toilet by prison officers, where he fell and hurt himself again. Ridley was found in a pool of his own blood.
When another convict noticed Ridley struggling, he called the guards for assistance. The injured individual was transferred to a jail hospital, where doctors said he was alright. He was returned to his cell, but his condition deteriorated over time. For weeks, 11 convicts reported to guards that Ridley had not moved or touched his food. When correctional officers took the Army vet’s calls for aid seriously and carried him to the hospital, it was too late – he’d died from his injuries.
Ridley was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Florida in 2008 for criminal mischief and aggravated assault. Those who knew him stated he was quiet and liked to play chess. “This was a horrible death caused by an atrocious lack of medical treatment,” his sister, Diane Ridley Gatewood, told the Miami Herald. His daughter, Jatoon Moss, has launched a civil rights complaint against Secretary of Corrections Ricky Dixon and the facility’s staff.
A medical examiner eventually ruled that Ridley died due to a severe impact and serious spinal cord injuries. The detainee also had quadriplegia, which was termed as a “complication of quadriplegia.”