Maricopa County officials settle lawsuit over jail death

By JACQUES BILLEAUD
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - Officials have agreed to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged a Maricopa County jail inmate died in 2013 after he received inadequate care from the jail's medical staff and detention officers ignored his pleas for help.

The settlement approved Wednesday resolves claims by Felix Martinez Torres Jr.'s family against the county and Sheriff Joe Arpaio without any admissions of wrongdoing.

Lawyers for the sheriff, the county and medical providers denied the allegations of botched care and neglect.

Torres was brought to jail after Mesa police stopped him for riding his bike against traffic and discovered that he had outstanding arrest warrants for driving with a suspended license.

The settlement doesn't end the Torres family's case against the medical providers involved in his care while he was in jail.

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