Inmate Kenneth Johnson died in custody at a state prison in Newport after repeatedly claiming he couldn’t breathe.
"Looking at the surveillance and the factual background for this the conclusion is inescapable that more could have and should have been done to care for Mr. Johnson," said the law firm's Tristram Coffin during a press briefing. "It just is not sufficient that an inmate complains persistently and credibly of not being able to breathe for a period of some hours consistently, does not see a doctor, does not go to the hospital and then later on dies apparently from breathing complications. That is just not as a policy matter how Vermont should be conducting its business."
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