Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family of Former Deputy Who Hanged Himself in Jail Sues Ste. Genevieve County, Officials

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family of Former Deputy Who Hanged Himself in Jail Sues Ste. Genevieve County, Officials

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ST. LOUIS * The family of a former Gasconade County police officer who hanged himself last year in a jail cell while facing sexual assault charges has sued officials over his death.

The wrongful death suit was filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Friday by Lynn Rainey and her children. It says that Ste. Genevieve County jail officials deprived her husband, Marty L. Rainey, of his right "to be protected from known risks of suicide" and were deliberately indifferent "to substantial medical and mental health needs."

Rainey, who was suffering from PTSD and had been deemed a suicide risk by federal court staffers, was not given a proper mental health screening, was not allowed out of the "extreme isolation" of his cell for exercise and recreation and was not checked on as spelled out in regulations, the suit says. …

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