San Diego County Settles Lawsuit, Agrees to Pay $2.3 Million to Family of Dead Inmate Who Swallowed Baggie of Meth

San Diego Central Jail is shown in a Google Maps image on Sept. 2, 2016.

San Diego Central Jail is shown in a Google Maps image on Sept. 2, 2016.

San Diego County has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the family of a man who died in San Diego’s Central Jail in 2012 from a drug overdose, the second time in less than two years that taxpayers have funded a multimillion-dollar settlement over an inmate’s death.

The parents of Bernard Victorianne sued the Sheriff’s Department in 2014, claiming that jail staff knew the 28-year-old had swallowed a baggie of methamphetamine and failed to act on obvious signs of medical distress for days.

Both sides agreed on Aug. 2 to settle the case. Later that day, in a closed-session meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the settlement.

The lawsuit, filed by attorneys Julia Yoo and Eugene Iredale, argued that Victorianne’s death was the result of “a systemic failure to investigate incidents of misconduct and deaths in the jail.”

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