Black Man Who Needed Medical Attention Was Kept in Jail, Allegedly Found Hanging From Door

Black Man Who Needed Medical Attention Was Kept in Jail, Allegedly Found Hanging From Door

Bernard Scott, an African-American man was prevented from being released to receive medical attention after a paramedic said he needed to go to the emergency room.

Published September 14, 2015

Back in September, a police supervisor denied Bernard Scott, an African-American man, a release from jail in Pine Lawn, Missouri, after a paramedic said he needed to be taken to the emergency room. He was bleeding internally but taken back to a cell where he was being held on $360 bail for traffic violations.

Shortly after, police called an ambulance, saying he tried to hang himself with a shoelace. This past week, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained the records revealing these details, which calls attention to continued police misconduct occurring in the city's police system. 

Scott ended up in a coma for 11 days and remained in the hospital for three weeks, but denies ever trying to hang himself, the St. Louis Dispatch reports. 

“Why would I hang myself?” he asked. “I was in on traffic tickets.”

There has apparently been no in-depth investigation into the incident. Also, accounts of the incident submitted by the police officers there at the time were inconsistent.

For instance, Sgt. Willis Epps, who was in charge of the facility that day, said he left while Scott was being evaluated. A corrections officer also said that she saw no bloodstain and that the paramedic did not explain that there was a reason for Scott to be taken to a medical facility. 

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(Photo: Pine Lawn Jail)

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