Lucas' family, the city intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit and does not believe jail officials were responsible for Mr.Lucas' death."Lucas was the youngest in a family of 14 children.
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Louis Justice Center on May 25, 2009, five days after he was arrested for a probation violation.
His family said he had been taken into custody because he missed a meeting with his probation officer. Louis University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Lucas had chronic heart disease and used a pacemaker.
Sheriff's medical staff was called to the cell and the inmate was moved to the jail's medical facility. He was pronounced dead at p.m., the sheriff's office said.
The inmate, whose name hasn't been released, was in jail on a felony battery charge.
A court recently had ruled him mentally incompetent to stand trial.
He was scheduled to be transferred to Florida State Hospital, the sheriff's office said.
In a wrongful death lawsuit filed this month against the city and the jail's health care provider on behalf of Lucas' family, the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri contends jail officials failed to provide Lucas with adequate medical care or the necessary medications to treat his condition."In this case, it was pretty clear to us that Courtland Lucas should not have died, did not deserve to die and probably should not have even been placed in the justice center in the first place," Redditt Hudson of the ACLU said.
In a March 2009 report, the ACLU alleged that inadequate medical attention was among myriad problems at the jail, including poor sanitation, a "culture of abuse" of inmates, sexual misconduct involving inmates and falsification of reports.
Since then, the ACLU and the city department of corrections have been collaborating to improve conditions, but the ACLU says some problems persist and an independent oversight panel is still needed to ensure policies are followed and inmates receive fair treatment.
Kara Bowlin, press secretary for Mayor Francis Slay, said city officials can't comment on pending litigation but released a statement saying, "While the city expresses its sorrow to Mr.