Halloway Family Raises Awareness, Puts the Pressure On With Second Lawsuit

The family of Alan Halloway is fighting back with a new lawsuit against Northern Lakes Community Mental Health and health care provider Joseph Barkman. The Halloway family says that the two defendants committed medical malpractice and failed in their duties when they removed Alan Halloway from suicide watch in the jail. Halloway committed suicide shortly thereafter.

The Halloway family already settled with Grand Traverse County. Bensley also couldn’t stop himself from refusing to disclose public records relating to the Halloway matter.

Bensley says that people dying in jail is not his problem until taxpayers buy him a shiny new jail. Here’s another article where Bensley is quoting as saying people die in the jail because it’s a bad building, and not because he has any kind of moral obligation for the safety of the people he locks up against their will and without access to personal resources like health care.

But in this article, Bensley is quoted as saying that they made policy and procedure errors in the Halloway case. Of course, it doesn’t take the Taj Mahal of jails to follow policy and procedure.

The parties that are collectively involved in jail operations have put foot in mouth so many times that at some point all those comments have to lead to some kind of liability/accountability. Whether it’s Wellpath saying they routinely pull people off of their meds when they enter the jail, or Bensely saying people should know better than to get arrested if they have mental health problems (a criminology class would benefit you, perhaps?) or the jail captain getting hanky panky with inmates in the basement and not facing any criminal consequences for it, there are so many AYKM comments out there.

Lawsuits have the potential to create awareness and change. This latest Halloway case might be the catalyst.

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2 thoughts on “Halloway Family Raises Awareness, Puts the Pressure On With Second Lawsuit”

  1. I wonder if the jail captain who allegedly did the hanky panky in the basement, along with other alleged criminal acts – smoking weed billing taxpayers for a hotel, etc – is one of the former sergeants who was suspected of stealing from the inmate fund?

    How ironic would it be if the funds stolen from the inmate fund were used to buy illegal drugs, which were then consumed with inmates in a transaction involving sex? Is that question in any way a stretch, given the facts, the multiple MSP investigations and resports?

    How could Ritter supervise the jail if he was getting it on in the basement? Or high on weed? Or both, at the same time? Neglect of official duty is a serious crime, with serious penalties. Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law is a very serious crime.

    No one was ever charged in the theft case. It isn’t clear if any member of the public was ever able to review the state police investigation report.

    Here we are, again. The state police have investigated the former jail captain, but the GT county prosecutor is sitting on the report. Again. It all sounds so familiar. Why hasn’t the matter been passed to a prosecutor who does not have a close relationship with the county employees who are under investigation?

    Whenever a prosecutor investigates or charges police officers in the same jurisdiction, it can taint the future close relationship that is necessary for the administration of justice. It can cause subsequent trust issues. Especially when command officers are involved. That weighs heavily on any prosecutor’s actions and can compromise justice.

    Moeggenberg needs to refer the Ritter matter to another prosecutor. Once again, I ask, is the statute of limitations expiring on some of those alleged offenses, due to foot dragging in GT County?

    1. NO….it was NOT Ritter, because I know who did steal it! They were not prosecuted, nor even arrested- they were allowed early retirement—at least there” some satisfaction knowing they ultimately lost a new home!
      As for the prosecutors office doing the right thing: Oh Hell yes they are waiting out the statute of limitations! It’s best to keep those numbers of lousy prosecutions up to keep that money coming in….justice be damned!

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