Settlement Reached In 2011 New Orleans Inmate Suicide
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A $1.75 million settlement has been reached between New Orleans jail officials and the siblings of a man who killed himself in the lockup in 2011.
The victim was 48-year-old William Goetzee, who authorities said was able to choke himself to death by shoving toilet paper in his mouth. A lawsuit in U.S. District Court said Goetzee was a Coast Guard employee who had suffered a mental breakdown after working on the 2010 BP oil spill and suffering through an automobile accident.
He was jailed after he tried to grab a gun from an officer outside a federal building.
The settlement came only days after another inmate killed himself at the long-troubled jail. Authorities said 61-year-old Cleveland Tumblin used jail clothing to hurt himself Saturday, and died on Monday.
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