An Army veteran was left to die from a drug overdose while in the custody of an Oregon sheriff's office as deputies laughed and filmed the entire ordeal, according to videos released Thursday.
Bryan Perry, a 31-year-old Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was arrested along with his girlfriend on suspicion of drug use. In the video, he is seen thrashing and groaning in pain while in custody on October 4, 2016, while Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies are heard laughing and mocking his behavior.
"We should go show this to his girlfriend and be like, ‘You love this?,'" one deputy suggests, an apparent reference to Perry's affirmation of love for his girlfriend before they were led to separate holding cells, according to 18 pages of documents released sheriff's office along with the video.
Perry became unresponsive around 11:45 pm and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 12:16 am. An autopsy revealed that Perry had amphetamines and methamphetamines in his system at the time of his death, although he had told police he'd used heroin and bath salts at the time of his arrest.
The video and documents only came to light following a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Perry's family and a resulting public records request from The Oregonian newspaper.
“I cannot comment on the pending lawsuit, which focuses primarily on Mr. Perry’s medical care provided by the Jail medical contractor," Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said in a statement. “But I will say this: The laughter, substance, and tone of several comments heard from my employees in that video were inappropriate, and do not conform to our professional standards.”
You can watch the entire video below. Warning: It's disturbing — and infuriating.
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