Jury awards $6.7 million to woman alleging repeated rapes by guard in Sheriff David Clarke’s Milwaukee County Jail
Thicklen resigned his corrections officer job at the end of 2013 as soon as the Milwaukee County sheriff s office began investigating the woman s claims, reported the Journal Sentinel. Prosecutors later charged Thicklen with five felony counts of sexual assault, then dropped them as part of a deal when the man pleaded no contest to one felony count of misconduct in public office. A circuit court judge sentenced Thicklen to three days and a fine of $200. He had faced a maximum 200 years in prison under the dropped sexual assault charges.
Thicklen has repeatedly denied the sexual assault claims. His lawyer in 2014 told the Journal Sentinel the misconduct claim stemmed from Thicklen being too sympathetic to inmates and giving the woman candy and gum and letting her make an unauthorized phone call.
She was an agitator and he was trying to mollify her, the attorney, Lew Wasserman, told the newspaper. He gave her Jolly Ranchers out of his lunch and Doublemint gum. At that time, the woman had already filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the sexual assaults, improper nutrition and shackles during childbirth violated her constitutional rights.
A certified nurse midwife, Emily Malloy, testified during the civil trial that she helped deliver the woman s baby and urged that the shackles be removed, reported the Journal Sentinel. Chains on the mother during labor can delay the process and block oxygen flow to the baby, Malloy testified. After the delivery, Malloy told the jury she received a thank-you note from the woman. It was the first time that had happened in the 165 births she has handled.
Clarke, the sheriff, had previously defended the shackling policy, arguing that it protected hospital staff from potentially dangerous inmates. In March of this year, a second inmate filed a similar lawsuit, claiming that she was put in chains each time she was hospitalized for care related to her pregnancy. While Clarke has said he is getting an appointment to head the Office of Partnership and Engagement at Homeland Security, no announcement has been made. Clarke became a favorite of conservatives and attracted national attention for his attacks on President Barack Obama, who he suggested encouraged violence in Ferguson, Mo. He became an outspoken critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, which he described as a terrorist and hate group.
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