Inmate Christopher Thomas-Foggy, 40, (Full Name: Christopher Douglas Thomas-Foggy) Died At Solano County Jail in Vallejo —> GoFundMe Created To Support Victim’s Family
SOLANO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (January 7, 2023) – A 40-year-old inmate identified as Christopher Thomas-Foggy has tragically died in-custody at the Solano County Jail.
Solano County officials are saying that the incident took place around 8:53 p.m. on Tuesday. Jail officials said that Christopher Thomas-Foggy was down and in need of CPR.
EMS were called to the scene and began life-saving measures. Sadly, he was later pronounced dead. The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear.
In a GoFundMe set up by Christopher Thomas-Foggy’s family, they shed light on what happened. According to the fundraiser, “we received heartbreaking news that our beloved Christopher was killed while in police custody at the Solano County Jail in Vallejo, California. The circumstances surrounding his death aren’t yet clear, but we believe he was murdered by Solano County police.”
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Solano County Inmate Deaths
Thousands of inmates die in-custody every year. Many of these deaths involve inmates harmed by the excessive force of correctional officers. In the last two months several correctional officers were charged for the death of an inmate at a West Virginia jail. According to 59 News, “a federal grand jury in Charleston, West Virginia handed down an indictment against five correctional officers and their lieutenant. They were facing charges for their role in the death of Quantez Burks, who was being held in SRJ.” There are a number of steps that jails should take in order to prevent correctional officers from harming inmates.
- Jails should conduct thorough background checks on the correctional officers that they hire.
- Jails should have clear and comprehensive use-of-force policies.
- Jails should do everything in their power to promote a positive work environment.
- Jails should implement a robust system of supervision and oversight to monitor correctional officers.
Inmates have a legal right to live in a reasonably safe environment. They should live free from the fear of excessive force or abuse by jail guards. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Despite this, it is common for correctional officers to abuse or attack the inmates in their care. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any inmate death.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
- Medical records related to the death should be collected.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any inmate death. To make matters worse, jails are rarely transparent about what went wrong. It is important for inmates and their families to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that is killed in a California jail may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim. A civil rights attorney can investigate the unique facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what really caused any in-custody death.
Investigating Solano County Inmate Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Christopher Thomas-Foggy. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Solano County inmate death? Our team of civil rights attorneys may be able to help you. In fact, we focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and jail medical neglect. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.