The City of Eureka must have an open checkbook for paying out the families of those killed or allowed to die by the police department. Readers may have forgotten or never heard about the “in custody” death of Daren Borges, but his family didn’t forget. According to this Tuesday’s Eureka City Council agenda, EPD is being sued once again. Unbelievable!
From the North Coast Journal:
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Wayne Hanson, the man who died in the jail has been identified as Daren Ethan Borges, 42, of Eureka. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
Officials are investigating the death of an inmate inside the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
According to a news release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, at 2:40 p.m. on June 13 Eureka Police arrested the 42-year-old man “for being under the influence of alcohol and or drugs” and brought him to the jail. There, says the release, he “was medically cleared by jail staff and was placed into a sobering safety cell by himself.”
“Correctional Officers conducted 15-minute cell checks on the male subject, per their policy,” says the release. “At about 4 p.m., a correctional officer noticed the male was unresponsive and may not be breathing. The correctional officer and jail medical staff immediately began life saving measures which included CPR. The Eureka Fire Department and an ambulance were immediately notified and responded to the correctional facility.”
Paramedics arrived and at 4:16 p.m. took the man to the hospital, where a doctor pronounced him dead.
Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris said Monday afternoon there will be an autopsy. The Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office are also investigating the death.
Sound familiar? If it doesn’t the death of Martin Cotton II and the 4.5 million dollar judgment should help to refresh your memory. Apparently Eureka cops haven’t learned from that tragedy or any other. Mr. Borges was taken to the jail, instead of the hospital, and he died. According to the complaint, Officer Michael Stelzig used unnecessary force on Mr. Borges when he arrested him, and then dropped him off at the jail to die. Officer Stelzig, (from the word on the street) a very violent cop, is a well known understudy of Sgt. Sanchez, who is about as violent as EPD cops come.
The complaint reads:
Officer Michael D. Stelzig Jr detained and arrested Daren Borges (“Decedent”) without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, used negligent tactics and unreasonable force toward him, denied, delayed, and failed to summon medical assistance for him….
The family member suing the city is asking for damages in excess of 10 million dollars. Hopefully the family will find some justice. One question comes to mind, is this guy still working as a cop in Eureka? Is this the type of cop that Chief Mills supports?
Sadly, we can only conclude the answer is yes.