New York City Settles Inmate Death Lawsuit

May 31, 2011

New York City has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed a man died in jail when his alcohol withdrawal went untreated.

The New York Times says the settlement was announced in Manhattan federal court this week.

It says Oswald Livermore was jailed in the Manhattan Detention Complex after his arrest in 2007 following a dispute with his wife over his drinking.

The lawsuit alleged that the jail ignored clear signs that the former postal worker had alcohol withdrawal. It said he was kept in the jail’s general population despite an initial medical evaluation and two referrals to the clinic.

In reaching the settlement, the city didn’t admit liability or wrongdoing. City Law Department spokeswoman Kate O’Brien Ahlers said the city maintains Livermore received appropriate care.

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