Dover family files lawsuit after inmate death at jail


CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER | Brian Graves | February 21st, 2017

“The family of a man who died while in custody at the Bradley County Jail has filed a $30 million lawsuit, alleging negligence and lack of training on the part of the jail staff contributed to his death.

William Dover, acting as next of kin and administrator of the estate of Hershel Cooney Dover, filed the suit in Bradley County Circuit Court on Friday against the Bradley County government, Corrections Department Capt. Gabe Thomas, and “unknown numbers of John Does in their individual capacities and their official capacities as agents of Bradley County Government.”

An autopsy report showed Dover had died as a result of “diabetic atherosclerotic hypertensive cardiomyopathy, with other significant conditions of COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease]” and the manner of death was ruled as natural.

According to the filing, EMS and officers of the Cleveland Police Department came to Dover’s home on March 15, 2016. Dover was reportedly experiencing “a diabetes-caused medical event,” and received treatment at the hospital for low blood sugar.

The filing said one of the officers who responded to that medical call returned the next day to arrest Dover on a probation violation warrant which had been issued by the Bradley County Court.

“Plaintiff and plaintiff’s wife, Gail Dover, notified the arresting officer, that [Hershel Dover] suffered from severe diabetes, required insulin three times per day and needed to eat a diet that did not spike his blood glucose but needed to eat on a regular basis,” the lawsuit reads, adding the arresting officer “assured plaintiff and Gail Dover the medical condition would get passed on to the jail staff” who would ensure Dover got his insulin shots and a “proper diet.”…”