Video footage from a 2018 case involving a mentally ill man who was severely injured while being transported between Santa Clara County jails has been publicly released at the request of the Board of Supervisors, which has called for external probes into the custody operations of the sheriff’s office amid allegations of inmate abuse.
The footage shows how Andrew Hogan, in the throes of a psychiatric crisis, started harming himself at the Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas and continued to injure himself while riding in a sheriff’s van to the Main Jail in San Jose. The videos illustrate how Hogan repeatedly hit his head against the van wall and was left to lie in the blood-spattered vehicle with severe head injuries, as deputies refused to intervene while he cried for help then lapsed into unconsciousness.
Details of the case were first revealed in September in a previously confidential county counsel report, also made public at the request of county supervisors. That report had been presented to the board in March 2020 in part to secure approval of a $10 million settlement to Hogan’s family on the premise “that the County will very likely be found liable for Hogan’s severe injuries.” It was the county’s largest-ever settlement involving a jail injury or death.
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