Sedg. Co. Jail Deputy Charged With Battery on inmate.

 

Manual Diaz, Jr.
Manual Diaz, Jr.
Edgar Richards
Edgar Richards

 

The District Attorney charges a Sedgwick County Jail Deputy Wednesday, accused of beating a jail inmate so badly he has to go through rehab.

Manual Diaz Jr. is charged aggravated battery.  When the incident happened back in February, sheriff’s deputies said Diaz was trying to give the inmate his medication when things got out of control.

Diaz is accused of hurting 34 year old Edgar Richard, who spent weeks in the hospital with a broken jaw and a skull fracture.

We spoke with Richard’s family 5 months ago. They say Richard suffers from mental illness.  But they also told us they want the man they believe put Edgar on a breathing machine brought to justice.

“I’d like the officer or whoever done it to pay for what he done,” said Ronnie Richard.

Cynthia Richard continued, “I think he should be held accountable. He committed a crime. He went over and beyond his job. He ended up doing his job and at some point it went personal because it never stopped.”

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Diaz is now on paid suspension. In the next two weeks, the Sheriff’s Office will decide whether to fire him with an employee status meeting.

Last month a judge agreed to release Richard to a nursing home.  His family says he has to relearn how to eat and needs rehab.

As for the deputy, he goes back to court for his preliminary hearing July 16th.

source: http://www.kwch.com/global/story.asp?s=8420414

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