DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Attorney Louis Meyer of Peoria filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jamie Moore’s estate against the Vermilion County jail. Moore died in his cell August 1, 2018, following what Meyer says was a fight between Moore and officers. He was serving time in the Vermilion County jail for aggravated battery.
The fight happened while Moore was being moved to a different cell block because of a leak. The state’s attorney says during that move, Moore became combative with officers. He was taken back to his cell and died several hours afterward. His family says he should have gotten medical treatment.
His cause of death was tied to pre-existing heart issues. Six officers at the jail were part of that fight. One of them tased Moore. Several hours afterward, he died in his cell.
Moore is survived by his three children. The mother of two of them says this lawsuit may be the closest they ever get to closure.
“At that point and time, yes, I do wish I was a little bug on the wall so that way I could actually tell my kids, hey this is exactly what happened. Not, ‘I don’t know’. And I don’t. I don’t know what to tell my kids, still to this day,” said Cheyenne Lee, the mother of Moore’s two sons.
Lee says it’s not about the money; it’s about making sure the people who hurt Moore are held accountable. She says Moore was in the process of turning his life around. WCIA reached out to the sheriff’s department but have not heard back. The law suit has been sent to the county. They can’t comment on the lawsuit.
The suit has four main goals:
- The officers involved in the fight to be held accountable
- Inmates in the future to be medically cleared before returning to their cells
- Compensation for Moore’s family
- For Vermilion County jail to improve their policies on inmate treatment