Last September, Atlanta resident Kevil Wingo was booked for drug possession into the Cobb County Detention Center, where he ultimately died. Now video has been released of the 36-year-old repeatedly yelling that he couldn’t breath as deputies and medical personnel witnessed him slowly dying.
According to 11Alive, the details of Wingo’s death were concealed for nine months until the sheriff’s office finished its internal affairs investigation in June. The report says no staff member committed a crime or went against jail policy, nor was any disciplinary action recommended.
However, the Wingo family is slamming the jail, saying a crime was committed and the staff needs to be held accountable.
When Wingo arrived at the facility on Sept. 24, the jail sent him to the infirmary for “detoxification monitoring.” Staff prescribed medicine for his nausea after he explained that he used cocaine within the past 72 hours. Three days later, Wingo was returned to the general population by deputies.
By September 28, Wingo complained that he had intense abdominal pain. Deputies, fellow inmates and some medical staff immediately noticed that Wingo seemed ill. One person in particular, Deputy Matthew Howard, called the infirmary.
“He has been throwing up for a while now since I came on shift,” said Howard to a charge nurse, Yvette Burton. Not too long after, the infirmary’s phone rang again and it was Natasha Chance, a nurse in charge of giving medicine to inmates.
“He’s like, laying on the floor screaming, he’s sweating. He says he’s got abdominal pain. He can’t fake this,” Chance told Burton.
Various inmates also witnessed Wingo vomit and complain about an ulcer, which is a painful sore that can grow in the intestines or the stomach. Without treatment, it can tear and cause bile to leak into the abdomen.
“Within a couple of seconds, he just broke out in a big, big sweat,” said Billy Smith, a fellow inmate. “[Deputies] looking at us, like ‘He’s just detoxing.’ We’re like, ‘No, you need to come get him.”
“What happened is the guy was in pain and nobody took him serious. He was laying on the ground crying for help and no one took him seriously,” said Robert Ward, another inmate.
A little before midnight, jail footage shows a Deputy Quintin Appleby transferring Wingo to the infirmary in a wheelchair as he winces in pain. Appleby said he also heard Wingo complain about a ulcer. The footage can be viewed below without sound.
“He was saying, ‘I’m not going to make it. I’m about to fall out the wheelchair.’ And, I was kind of like, ‘No, you gonna be alright, we almost there,” said Appleby. By this point, Wingo’s vitals didn’t show any red flags. However, in the more than several hours that followed, Wingo repeatedly begged to be sent to the hospital and jail staff ignored his request.
Jail video shows Wingo knocking on the glass door of his cell attempting to get nurses attention and collapsing at least five times. Three employees said they heard Wingo yell that “he could not breathe,” however, only two believed him and one did not. Nobody acted to save his life.
“When he yelled at me, yelling in the cell block, he said, ‘I need to go to the hospital, I can’t breathe.’ And, I talked to him for a minute, and I was like, ‘If you’re hollering, you are breathing,’” said Lynn Marshall, a deputy assigned to the infirmary.
A jail secretary and a lab technician were so concerned with Wingo’s condition, they requested a different charge nurse, Annaleen Visser, if they could check his vitals. Visser responded with a no. WellPath, LLC is the current medical provider for the jail.
“He actually fell backwards onto the floor and crawled to the window and was asking again begging for help, saying he could not breathe,” said lab technician Tiffany Womack in an interview with sheriff investigators. Two inmates detained in the same infirmary cell as Wingo said he was falling into their beds and they both heard Wingo complain about his stomach or an ulcer.
Infirmary staff continued to witness the incident unfold, including Tiana Davis, a secretary whose desk sits directly across from the infirmary cell where Wingo was detained. “So, once he is banging on the door, he fell back,” Davis told an investigator. “So, I’m assuming he couldn’t breathe…I saw him fall back.”
Meanwhile, Visser refused to check Wingo’s vitals and she prevented anyone else from doing so because she believed Wingo was detoxing and only wanted to to go to the hospital for pain medication.
“He was loud, he was, I don’t know what he was saying, he was just disruptive,” said Visser in her investigation interview.
When investigators watched the jail footage they told Visser that Wingo didn’t appear rowdy as she had claimed. Visser said that she was unaware of Wingo’s pain or issues breathing. She also said that no one on her shift notified her that Wingo was in need of attention.
Davis and Womack says this isn’t true.
“Me and the secretary both asked the charge nurse, Annaleen [Visser], ‘Hey, he’s asking for help, can we help?’ She said, ‘No,’” explained Womack, who is also a trained EMT.
Deputy Marshall also believed Visser knew of the staff’s concerns.
“I mean, they all heard me. Well, I said that he’s saying he can’t breathe and I know Annallen [Visser] said he just wants to the hospital, he’ll be okay. She was the one that said put him in close-ops,” said Marshall.
After growing weary of hearing Wingo complain of dying, Marshall said Visser then asked deputies to transfer Wingo to a padded isolation room, which are holding cells for inmates who self-harm or are suicidal. However, even Visser said in her interview that no jail staff witnessed Wingo trying to hurt himself.
Despite no evidence of self-harm, Deputy Marshall complied with Visser’s request. “Hi, do you have a pad open?” asked Marshall on the phone with another jailer determining room availability. “I’ve got an idiot playing games trying to get to the hospital. He’s just playing around.”
When Marshall went to Wingo’s infirmary cell to transport him to the padded room, he collapsed onto the floor. Nine minutes went by before deputies could pick him up from the ground. On his trip to the isolation room, Wingno collapsed again and he wasn’t capable of walking. He was placed in a wheelchair and they continued moving.
When Wingo was placed inside the padded room around 7:48 a.m., they undressed him, left two cups of water inside and closed the door. Staff is required by jail policy to physically look inside isolation rooms every 15 minutes, however, according to jail footage, this didn’t happen.
When it was time to check on Wingo, the person assigned to him, Deputy Paul Wilkerson, walked past the pad’s window two different time and didn’t look inside.
After an hour passed when Wingo was placed in the padded room, Wilkerson found him cold to the touch and not breathing. Thirty minutes later, an ambulance finally transported Wingo to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, which was five miles away. Wingo was pronounced dead by a doctor at 9:51 a.m.
Cobb County Medical Examiner Dr. Abraham Philip ruled Wingo died from a perforated gastric ulcer. Wingo left behind three children. Kieara Wingo is his oldest child.
“How can so many people just sit around and watch somebody suffer like that and not help?” she said.
“At the end of the day, I feel like he shouldn’t have died like that. Like, he died alone. He died in a room screaming for help and he’s asking y’all for help,” said Tiffany Wingo, his sister.
“He wasn’t loud, he wasn’t disruptive. He was in pain,” said Timothy Gardner, the family’s attorney. “At the end of the day, they just didn’t care. There was nothing he could have done to make them care. It’s who they are.”
The family is now seeking justice for Wingo with a webiste, kevilwingo.com, that includes a 45 minute documentary with expert medical witnesses and recorded interviews conducted by sheriff investigators.
Wingo’s family has also filed a complaint against two nurses, Visser and Burton, with the Georgia Board of Nursing.
Wellstar emailed a statement on August 15, saying the nursing staff failed Wingo:
“While there is more to do and we continue to review the facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. Wingo’s death, it is clear to us now that more should have been done to assist Mr. Wingo at the detention center, including from members of the Wellstar’s Detention Center team directly in charge of his medical care. What we have seen and learned of Mr. Wingo’s experience at the Detention Center is heartbreaking and unacceptable.”
The family’s attorney plans on sending a letter to the Cobb County District Attorney and Gov. Brian Kemp this week calling on a criminal investigation into Wingo’s death. A GoFundMe account was also started by the family, requesting donations as they continue their fight.
94 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
1. Rodney ApplewhiteSource:Ben Crump 1 of 94
2. A.J. Crooms
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A Florida sheriff's officer shot and killed two Black teens, A.J. Crooms and Sincere Pierce.— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 19, 2020
Here's what we know so far: pic.twitter.com/A8FRNS93L6
3. Sincere Pierce
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MOTHER SPEAKS: Cynthia Green of #Cocoa speaks out about her son 18 yr old Sincere Pierce, shot and killed in deputy involved double shooting last Friday. Says she isn’t getting answers and still hasn’t seen her son’s body. @MyNews13 #News13Brevard pic.twitter.com/hYFxZEOqz6— Greg Pallone (@gpallone13) November 17, 2020
4. Walter Wallace Jr.4 of 94
5. Marcellis Stinnette, teen killed by police in Waukegan, IllinoisSource:Twitter 5 of 94
6. Jonathan Price
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The Texas police officer who fatally shot Jonathan Price has been arrested and charged with murder. His bail has been set at 1 million dollars. I'm glad. RIP Jonathan, rest in power. pic.twitter.com/Mw5GMQX0Eb— ~𝓣𝓮𝓷𝓪𝓬𝓲𝓸𝓾𝓼 𝓣𝓮𝓪𝓱~ (@TeahCartel) October 6, 2020
7. Deon Kay7 of 94
8. Daniel Prude
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The killing of Daniel Prude by Rochester police officers is unacceptable, and we need real answers for why this happened and why it took so long to come out.— Jeremy Cooney (@JeremyCooneyROC) September 2, 2020
Trained medical professionals should respond to mental health crises, not armed officers. pic.twitter.com/EPhH9inn1x
9. Damian Daniels
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Yesterday in SA cops killed Sergeant Damian Lamar Daniels in front of his home. His family asked the Red Cross to get him to the VA.— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) August 27, 2020
He had a legal gun on his hip that he never removed. He didn’t want to go and he struggled when they tried to force him.
So they killed him. pic.twitter.com/q6U7OSXb6D
10. Dijon Kizzee
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This is #DijonKizzee, 29 yrs old and shot and killed by LA Sheriffs after being stopped for a bike violation. Cops handcuffed his lifeless body. While police investigations can drag on for months/years, cops have already claimed he ran away, and dropped clothes and a gun. #BLM pic.twitter.com/pM6mQfWLeQ— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) September 1, 2020
11. Trayford PellerinSource:GoFundMe 11 of 94
12. David McAtee
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in an attempt to disperse crowds, #DavidMcAtee, a louisville bbq chef known for serving cops free meals, was shot and killed by the police last night. he was unarmed. not only were the officers’ bodycams off, but they also left his body on the street for 12 hours.— adaliah 🇹🇬 (@adxlls) June 2, 2020
say his name. pic.twitter.com/kqOPku8iuQ
13. Natosha “Tony” McDade13 of 94
14. George Floyd14 of 94
15. Yassin Mohamed15 of 94
16. Finan H. Berhe
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Montgomery County Police Tweet Video Of Cop Shooting Finan H. Berhe In Maryland https://t.co/HzNV24ZpZB— Bishop Jerome McCorry (@JMcCorrySpeaks) May 9, 2020
17. Sean ReedSource:Twitter 17 of 94
18. Steven Demarco TaylorSource:S. Lee Merritt 18 of 94
19. Ariane McCreeSource:The Herald/YouTube 19 of 94
20. Terrance Franklin20 of 94
21. Miles HallSource:KRON4 21 of 94
22. Darius TarverSource:S. Lee Merritt 22 of 94
23. William Green
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They murdered my cousin. How do you have someone in handcuffs and in a seat belt and shoot them multilpe times.All cops aren't bad but those were. I will fight with the last breath in me for justice. William Green was a family man, a working man. Funny. Loving. Love and miss you. pic.twitter.com/PhM3a6C7uj— Liv 👸🏾 (@liv__03) January 28, 2020
24. Samuel David Mallard, 19
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This is a 2019 mugshot of the murder suspect Cobb police shot & killed today. Samuel Mallard, 19, was previously arrested for impersonating officers a half dozen times. In the 2020 case, the GBI says he’s involved in a murder/robbery. CCPD says there are other suspects. @wsbtv https://t.co/7EfuVQLmNB pic.twitter.com/ttWg5HjFkj— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) January 17, 2020
25. Kwame "KK" Jones, 17Source:facebook 25 of 94
26. De’von Bailey, 19
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Grand jury rules fatal officers' shooting of Devon Bailey was justified. https://t.co/MHXYQn87aH— Scott Kilbury (@SKilburyFOX21) November 14, 2019
27. Christopher Whitfield, 3127 of 94
28. Anthony Hill, 2628 of 94
29. De'Von Bailey, 1929 of 94
30. Eric Logan, 54
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BREAKING NEWS OUT OF SOUTH BEND:— Joshua Short (@JoshuaShortWNDU) June 27, 2019
Two lawyers representing the estate of 54-year-old Eric Logan, who was shot and killed by a South Bend police officer, have sued that officer, Sgt. Ryan O'Neill and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The suit was filed in federal court today.
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31. Jamarion Robinson, 2631 of 94
32. Gregory Hill Jr., 30
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Gregory Hill, Jr. - the family of Greg Hill grants permission to use these photos to honor Greg or tell his story. pic.twitter.com/uhn1RbEQBv— John M. Phillips (@JohnPhillips) June 1, 2018
33. JaQuavion Slaton, 20
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This is Jaquavion Slaton, the 20-year-old who was was shot & killed by Fort Worth Police on Sunday. Community demanding release of body camera video, but FWPD hasn’t said when/if that will happen. #WFAA pic.twitter.com/iakQyWrRCl— Teresa Woodard (@twoodard8) June 10, 2019
34. Ryan Twyman, 24
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35. Brandon Webber, 20
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When they see us, they kill us...— Jeneisha C. Harris (@JeneishaCHarris) June 13, 2019
Brandon Webber, father of 3, shot by U. S. Marshalls 16-20 times in Memphis.
No one deserves to be shot and killed like this.
I could say so much but I’m really at a loss for words. pic.twitter.com/9EFhUplHDw
36. Jimmy Atchison, 21
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37. Willie McCoy, 20
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One of six officers who fired at Willie McCoy had killed unarmed man in 2018 || Via: Guardian https://t.co/CjrSIa8r1Z— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) February 23, 2019
38. Emantic "EJ" Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., 2138 of 94
39. D’ettrick Griffin, 1839 of 94
40. Jemel Roberson, 26
Source:false 40 of 94
Security guard Jemel Roberson was holding down a shooting suspect when police burst in and shot Roberson instead. pic.twitter.com/zNsYvQMRg8— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 14, 2018
41. DeAndre Ballard, 23Source:false 41 of 94
42. Botham Shem Jean, 26
Source:false 42 of 94
The young man who was killed by a Dallas police officer in his own apartment this morning has been identified as 26-year-old Botham Jean. He worked at the PwC firm in Downtown Dallas. https://t.co/oyjHMdMXVv pic.twitter.com/uSvJWJ062e— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) September 7, 2018
43. Antwon Rose Jr., 17Source:false 43 of 94
44. Robert Lawrence White, 41Source:false 44 of 94
45. Anthony Lamar Smith, 24Source:Getty 45 of 94
46. Ramarley Graham, 18Source:Getty 46 of 94
47. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31Source:Getty 47 of 94
48. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty 48 of 94
49. Wendell Allen, 20Source:Getty 49 of 94
50. Kendrec McDade, 19Source:Getty 50 of 94
51. Larry Jackson Jr., 32Source:Getty 51 of 94
52. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Getty 52 of 94
53. Jordan Baker, 26Source:Getty 53 of 94
54. Victor White lll, 22Source:Getty 54 of 94
55. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Getty 55 of 94
56. Eric Garner, 43Source:Getty 56 of 94
57. John Crawford lll, 22Source:Getty 57 of 94
58. Michael Brown, 18Source:Getty 58 of 94
59. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Getty 59 of 94
60. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty 60 of 94
61. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Getty 61 of 94
62. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 62 of 94
63. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty 63 of 94
64. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Getty 64 of 94
65. Rumain Brisbon, 34Source:Getty 65 of 94
66. Jerame Reid, 36Source:Getty 66 of 94
67. Charly Keunang, 43Source:Getty 67 of 94
68. Tony Robinson, 19Source:Getty 68 of 94
69. Walter Scott, 50Source:Getty 69 of 94
70. Freddie Gray, 25Source:Getty 70 of 94
71. Brendon Glenn, 29Source:Getty 71 of 94
72. Samuel DuBose, 43Source:Getty 72 of 94
73. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 73 of 94
74. Jamar Clark, 24Source:Getty 74 of 94
75. Mario Woods, 26Source:Getty 75 of 94
76. Quintonio LeGrier, 19Source:Getty 76 of 94
77. Gregory Gunn, 58Source:Getty 77 of 94
78. Akiel Denkins, 24Source:Getty 78 of 94
79. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Getty 79 of 94
80. Philando Castile, 32Source:Getty 80 of 94
81. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 81 of 94
82. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Getty 82 of 94
83. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Getty 83 of 94
84. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 84 of 94
85. Jordan Edwards, 15Source:Getty 85 of 94
86. Stephon Clark, 22Source:false 86 of 94
87. Danny Ray Thomas, 34
Source:false 87 of 94
88. DeJuan Guillory, 27Source:false 88 of 94
89. Patrick Harmon, 50
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Patrick Harmon was shot and killed by police in Salt Lake City, Utah. The district attorney says the shooting was "legally justified." pic.twitter.com/zYBOwlTzRb— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 7, 2017
90. Jonathan Hart, 21
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Friends and family of Jonathan Heart aka Sky Young, a young #homeless man killed last Sunday at a Walgreens in #Hollywood for allegedly shoplifting, gather tonight to remember the 20-year-old. pic.twitter.com/uiMRiFnutq— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) December 9, 2018
91. Maurice Granton, 24
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Dash cam footage of police killing Maurice Granton Jr. has been released. His family says it proves that he was unarmed pic.twitter.com/YLAM7my1ny— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 26, 2018
92. Julius Johnson, 23
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93. Jamee Johnson, 22Source:S. Lee Merritt 93 of 94
94. Michael Dean, 28Source:S. Lee Merritt 94 of 94
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