AP Exclusive: Inmate died after 7 days in NYC cell

By JAKE PEARSON of Associated Press

By JAKE PEARSON of Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — After a mentally ill Bradley Ballard made a lewd gesture to a female guard at the Rikers Island jail, he was locked in his cell alone for seven increasingly agitated days in which he was denied some of his medication, clogged his toilet so that it overflowed, stripped off his clothes and tied a rubber band tightly around his genitals.

During that period, guards passed Ballard’s cell in the mental observation unit dozens of times, peering through the window in the steel door but never venturing inside — until it was too late.

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