SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA — Three correctional deputies in Santa Clara County, California were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murder, conspiracy and assault of an inmate who died on Aug. 27, officials said.
Michael Tyree, 31, was serving a five-day sentence for petty theft at the Santa Clara County Main Jail, reported NBC Bay Area News. Tyree was waiting to be transferred to a bed at the Momentum Crisis Residential Treatment Center, a mental health facilities in Santa Clara County, reported NBC Bay Area News.
According to San Jose Mercury News, just after midnight on Thursday, Tyree got into an argument with three deputies over his medication. The altercation reportedly turned physical and Tyree was badly beaten by the officers.
Other inmates reportedly saw the three officers went into Tyree’s cell and heard him scream, “don’t,” “please, stop,” “help,” and “I’m sorry,” before falling silent after the officers left, reported the San Jose Mercury News. Tyree was found unresponsive the next day when another officer was making routine welfare checkups.
The three deputies, identified as Rafael Rodriguez, Jereh Lubrin and Matthew Farris, are being held without bail and are scheduled to appear in court on September 8, reported the Los Angeles Times. They will be transported from Santa Clara County Main jail to another facility today or tomorrow.
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