GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla.-- A local sheriff is facing a lawsuit after an inmate died in police custody.
Daniel Linsinbigler was in jail. The 19-year-old was restrained in a chair, with a hood over his head, pepper-sprayed, and begging for help.
Linsinbigler died in the Clay County Jail in March of this year. The case was ruled a homicide by asphyxia. Reports from the state attorney's office investigation say there was no criminal wrongdoing.
Linsinbigler's family thinks otherwise and just filed a lawsuit against the sheriff and eight jail guards. We asked the attorney for a copy of the lawsuit.
Here's what we know happened. The sheriff's office arrested Linsinbigler on March 2 on trespassing and indecent exposure charges. Both are misdemeanors. He was placed in solitary confinement on suicide watch. On March 12, reports say Linsinbigler became disruptive. That's where the lawsuit and investigative report start to differ.
The state attorney's office report says the inmate was pepper-sprayed once and given help minutes after guards noticed something was wrong. The lawsuit claims Linsinbigler was pepper-sprayed multiple times, Tasered and then left screaming for help.
The sheriff's office tells us there are no video recordings from inside the jail. The Clay County Sheriff's Office did not want to comment, a spokesperson says the agency is aware of the lawsuit.