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Maricopa County to Pay $1 Million to Settle Wrongful Death Claim

arbitrationMaricopa County has agreed to pay approximately $1 million to the family of a 47-year-old man, who died a painful death in a county jail in 2013.

On September 30, 2013, Felix Torres was stopped for violating traffic rules. The officers later recovered drug paraphernalia coated in meth residue from him and found out that there was an arrest warrant out for him for driving without license and not appearing in court. He was booked in jail where he died a week later.

According to reports, Torres complained of severe stomach pain 3 days after his arrest. He was taken to County Medical Center where he told the doctors about his history of ulcer issues. However, the doctors gave him Toradol injection that is not suitable for ulcer patients. Torres was brought back to jail after the treatment where his condition kept worsening. He repeatedly asked the detention officers for help but they refused to help him. Witnesses reported that he kept crying with pain and begging for help but no one helped him. He was found dead in his cell at 11 P.M. on October 5.

Following his death, his mother Guadalupe Torres, had filed a wrongful death claim, worth $3.5 million, against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others.