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The Seattle Times investigation: Yelm settles tribal jail death for $375,000

“Andrew Westling, 19, in a booking photo after he was arrested in Yelm
and taken to the Nisqually Corrections Center last April.” He later died there.
Photo credit: The Seattle Times

The story about Andrew Westling’s death was covered here twice last January:
* January 9, 2017: The Seattle Times investigation: Yelm Police jail arrangement with Nisqually Tribe under scrutiny

* January 13, 2017: The Olympian Editorial Board ‘gets it’ on Yelm’s Nisqually Tribe jail contract – Hones in on “who pays if something goes wrong”

– And now this report filed June 8, 2017 by Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times
* “Two settlements in Nisqually tribal jail death: One for $375K, the other secret”

“The outcome highlights the lack of full transparency and accountability that can occur when a local government agency — in this case the city of Yelm — enters into an agreement with an Indian tribe to provide jail services.”

“The city of Yelm has agreed to pay $375,000 to the family of a 19-year-old man who died last year in the Nisqually tribal jail after staff didn’t seek medical attention when the man reported he felt like his heart was thumping out of his skin.

The family of Andrew Westling also has reached a separate, confidential settlement with the Nisqually Indian Tribe, which provides jail services to Yelm.

Yelm’s settlement was obtained by The Seattle Times under a public-disclosure request, but the tribal agreement is not subject to state or federal disclosure laws because of the Nisqually Tribe’s status as a sovereign nation,” by Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times.
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Posted by Steve on June 9, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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