San Diego County Settles Jail Detainee's Overdose Death for $2.3M

On August 2, 2016, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted uaninmously to approve a settlement in the amount of $2.3 million for the family of Bernard Victorianne, who died in San Diego's central jail in 2012.

NPAP member attorneys Julia Yoo and Eugene Iredale represented Victorianne, alleging that his death resulted from "a systemic failure to investigate incidents of misconduct and deaths in the jail.”

Victorianne was arrested in September 2012 on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the suit, during the rest Victorianne was observed by a San Diego officer to swallow a bag of meth and was consequently sent to a hospital for evaluation. The examining doctors' written instructions were then later completely ignored by medical staff at the jail, despite the fact that Victorianne was screaming that his insides were "on fire." He was found dead on the floor of his cell several days later.  An independent investigation by the county's Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board found that the sheriff's homicide team who investigated Victorianne's death purposefully did not interview the last two deputies to see him alive, thus violating department policy.