Wis. Settles Suit For Wrongful Death Of Prisoner

Wisconsin taxpayers will pay $1-million to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of a Milwaukee prisoner who died after a guard ignored a warning from the inmate’s cellmate that he was having a seizure. Paramedics found 34-year-old Jeremy Cunningham dead in his cell at the state-run Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility in 2011. Cunningham’s cellmate had pressed an emergency button to alert prison staff about the seizure, but a guard dismissed it as “snoring” and hung up. Officials knew Cunningham had a heart condition and that he had been using a prescription painkiller and alcohol.

His estate filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2016 on behalf of Cunningham’s son, now age 15. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel filed an open records request which showed the case was settled for $1-million.