Lake County Sheriff Takes Disciplinary Measures Following Death Of Inmate

Bernie Tafoya
September 21, 2018 - 10:01 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There’s been a shake-up in the command of the Lake County Jail following the death of an inmate in a one-person cell this week.  

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said he’s disappointed with what he saw in the video of the jail section where 31-year-old Edward Robinson of Park City died Wednesday. 

As a result, he said he has demoted the correctional chief and deputy chief and placed the lieutenant and sergeant who were in charge of that section of the jail on paid administrative leave. Sheriff Curran said there could be other disciplinary measures meted out. 

"There were things I saw in the investigation I was not happy with. It’s not that we caused the death in any way. It appears though as there’s no indication of trauma from the autopsy so how he died is a mystery at this point," he said.

The sheriff said jail medical staff were called and responded three times to Robinson's one-person cell in the Administrative Segregation Unit where he was being held because of disruptive behavior. They were called at 6 a.m., 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.  It was the last time that Robinson was unresponsive and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff Curran said he plans to release the jail and officer body-cam video in the next two weeks. He said he wants to be transparent and did not want there to be a situation like the Laquan McDonald police shooting in which a video was held back from the public for the longest time.