A handful of correctional officers are accused of mocking an inmate who died in a Carrabelle, Florida prison while begging for medical attention. The officers were responding to story published in the Miami Herald last week about an active lawsuit against corrections for the death of Randall Jordan-Aparo. They called the dead inmate a “b*tch” and other names on a private Facebook page dedicated to Florida corrections officers.
Jordan-Aparo, 27, allegedly spent four entire days begging for medical help. According to court records, medical staff dismissed his desire to take him to a hospital and instead gave him mere Tylenol pills for his ailments. According to the Miami Herald, he suffered from a rare genetic blood disorder, which was noted in his prison medical file.
When Jordan-Aparo disagreed with his treatment, he was allegedly put in an isolation cell where he was sprayed with a “chemical restraint agent." According to The Washington Post, inmates testified that they could hear Jordan-Aparo yelling that he couldn’t handle the gas.
“I can’t take it," he yelled, according to a complaint. "I can’t take the gas. I need a nurse.”
After spraying him, he was taken to shower, but "photographs and other evidence raise questions about whether he was decontaminated at all," according to The Miami Herald.
“He was orange,’’ one inmate told investigators, which was reportedly due to a byproduct of the gas.
Then, he was allegedly left unattended and was later discovered dead.
Jordan-Aparo was serving 20 months in prison for credit card fraud when he died.
Now, it appears that in addition to dismissing his medical concerns, some correctional officers are mocking him even in death.
“I guess if he wasn’t acting like an ass, he probably wouldn’t have been gassed in the first place,” one poster wrote, according to the Miami Herald.
Another wrote, “Who the f--- cares!!! Cost of incarceration = $32,000…money WELL saved!!!”
One of the only Facebook users identified by the Miami Herald, Chris Philipp, wrote, “So this is the pr-ck responsible for us having to force a bitch into a shower after spraying … do they want us to overlook these pieces of sh--t when they show their asses, get high or refuse to behave like f-----g human beings.”
Philipp has not responded to media requests for comments.
"I am outraged,” said Julie Jones, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. “I am immediately launching a full investigation into any current staff member who made an inappropriate remark, and have engaged human resources and our legal office to ensure the strongest possible personnel action, up to termination of employment, can be swiftly taken.”
At least seven prison workers have resigned or been fired in response to the Jordan-Aparo incident. His family is suing, claiming that the death violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
[Photo: Florida Department of Corrections]