When Sandra Bland died in a Waller County jail in mid-July of 2015 (Not sure of the date -given the jailers admission of falsified cell check logs), she had been denied medical treatment while in the care, custody, and control of Sheriff Glen Smith, and his staff. Waller County officials allege Bland took her own life, had self-inflicted wounds, and had mental issues.
Unfortunately, Bland did not live to tell her side of the story.
However, one man did. Meet Quincy Davis of Brookshire, Texas.
So seriously sick, he could no longer walk, Davis was recently transported from the Waller County jail to the Tomball Regional Hospital while awaiting trial on criminal charges in Waller. Mr. Davis had been in detention for 780 days. Charged with assaulting two police officers, the inmate’s bond was set at $150,000. Davis could not meet the bond and made repeated request to have it lowered. All such requests were denied.
It was not until seven days after Davis was rushed to the hospital on July 18, 2016, and diagnosed with a severe case of Staph infection, that the judge in the case finally lowers the defendant’s bond to $50,000. Once Davis bonded out, and was no longer being cared for at the expense of Waller County, Tomball Regional discharged and sent the defendant home. Davis was still unable walk.
The very next day, July 26st, Davis is admitted to Ben Taub Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. According to doctors, and several witnesses from the jail, the defendant has contracted the Staph infection from having to crawl back and forth to the toilet and shower.
As the defendant’s medical condition worsened, he incurred a neurological condition which led to a severe case of incontinence of his bladder and bowels. The jailers not only refused to treat his worsening medical condition, but also refused to issue pads and diapers to the defendant. He is now left to crawl on the floor of an uncleaned cell for several months in his own waste. Hence the severe wounds and infections, and subsequent loss of mobility.
Waller County Deputy Sheriff, Brian Cantrell wrote in a memo to his boss Sheriff Glen Smith, and Waller County District Attorney, Elton Mathis, alleging that the defendant had been hospitalized and diagnosed with a staph infection. Cantrell writes that the staph infection is a result of self-inflicted wounds (his belief, not the doctor’s). He then conveys the doctor’s sentiments that “inmate Davis has mental issues”.
Remarkably, neither the jail nurse, doctor, jailers, or other deputy’s considered the defendant mentally or medically ill, during the 780 days of his incarceration while awaiting trial. In addition, a team of private attorneys who had been assembled by Sheriff Smith to investigate the entire jail operation as a result of the Bland death, found nothing. Not even an inmate crying out for help, lying in his own waste, crawling to the toilet, in a cell contaminated with a germ, so deadly it could have led to Davis’, and other inmate’s, very death.