NEW YORK (AP) — Angel Ramirez was in the throes of alcohol and heroin withdrawal when he took a swing at a New York City jail guard, missed and was in turn struck in the chest.
Other inmates told an investigator in documents obtained by The Associated Press that they then saw Ramirez dragged away and heard screams and the crack of nightsticks hitting bone. Ramirez died of blunt-force injuries in what was ruled a homicide.
But no one was ever charged in Ramirez's 2011 death — or in the deaths of the two other inmates over the past five years who were alleged to have been fatally beaten by guards at the city's Rikers Island jail.
Ramirez's family is upset. But prosecutors say they couldn't prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.