Saturday, June 5, 2021

Racine County Jail deaths, protests follow

From Fox6Now:

A reportedly suicidal man arrested for arson. Another arrested for OWI. Both booked into the Racine County Jail within hours of each other. Both would die, just days apart, while in custody.

Ronquale Ditello-Scott Jr., 22, was found unresponsive in a holding cell on May 29, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office. Then on June 1, sheriff’s officials say Malcolm James – who was on suicide watch – suffered a "medical event" while being medically evaluated by jail staff after repeatedly slamming his head into a concrete wall.

The two deaths in four days now being investigated by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, jail staff involved in the death of James on administrative leave; the deaths also prompting protests in the days that followed, and questions from loved ones as well as an attorney representing Ditello-Scott’s family.

Pictures of Ditello-Scott dotted decorated picnic tables at Veterans Memorial Park in Delavan Friday afternoon, June 4. About two dozen of his family, friends and loved ones preparing to spend the evening remembering the young father.

"We’re heartbroken. Our kids are without their father due to whatever is going on in that jail," said McKayla Mackey, a former partner of Ditello-Scott, the two of whom share a child. "We want justice, we want peace, we want answers, we want to know why he’s gone. He should be here with us right now."

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