Mother of Issiah Downes, Man Killed in County Jail, Gets $350,000 from City
SFWeekly, May 3, 2011
The city has reached a $350,000 settlement with the mother of Issiah Downes, the 300-pound inmate whose death at the county jail was ruled a homicide blamed on San Francisco sheriff’s deputies.
The medical examiner said that Downes died of “probable respiratory arrest during prone restraint, with morbid obesity.” Amy Hart, a medical examiner, told reporters that while the 2009 death was deemed a homicide, it doesn’t necessarily carry criminal implications.
However, she did say that Issiah Downes would not have died at that time if it wasn’t for the actions of sheriff’s deputies.