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St. Louis-area man jailed for minor traffic violations left comatose after officers blocked paramedics

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A St. Louis-area jail inmate who was being held on minor traffic violations is lucky to be alive after jailers refused to release him to paramedics who wanted to take him to the hospital, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

*Updated. See below.

Bernard Scott, 44, was being held in lieu of $360 at the Pine Lawn jail in St. Louis County when he began complaining of abdominal pain and bleeding. Paramedics were called, and though they insisted they needed to transport Scott to the emergency room, a jail supervisor refused to release him. Scott ended up comatose, but has since regained consciousness.

According to a report recovered by the Post-Dispatch via public records request, the medics were about to take Scott and he had changed into his street clothes to get in the ambulance when a jail supervisor turned him back at the last minute. The medics said Scott had a painful mass in his abdomen.

Before leaving, the medics tried one more time, writing in their report that “[Police] again advised by [paramedics] that [patient] should be transferred to [the emergency department] for further medical attention.” Still, no go.

But just 14 minutes after the paramedics left, Scott needed another ambulance because his condition had worsened. He was unconscious and his posture indicated he may have sustained brain damage, the medical report said.

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Police officers said they found Scott hanging by his neck from a shoelace tied to his door — a claim Scott disputes. He says he doesn’t remember hanging himself. Scott says he was told by police he couldn’t leave unless he posted bond. The last thing he remembers is making phone calls to relatives in an effort to secure bond money.

The Post-Dispatch points to the incident, which happened last year, as part of a series of problems with St. Louis County jails. It is also among a number of troubling and deadly incidents nationwide in which inmates held on minor charges have died in custody after jailers denied them medical care.

Last month, Michael Robinson, 33, died after family members say the type 1 diabetic was denied insulin in a Missouri jail. He was being held for owing child support.

Also last month, the New York Daily News reported about the 2013 death of Carlos Mercado, 46, who died while being held at Rikers Island in New York. Mercado was also a diabetic who died after asking jailers for his medication and being refused. Jailers reportedly stepped over him while he was unconscious and dying on the floor.

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In July, Ralkina Jones died in an Ohio jail after making her medical needs abundantly clear to jailers, who then ignored them. Hauntingly, Jones told jailers, “I don’t want to die in your cell” when explaining her medical needs.

The same month, Raynette Turner, a 42-year-old mother of eight, was found dead in her jail cell in New York. Turner, jailed for allegedly stealing crab legs from a supermarket, told jailers she was feeling ill. She was briefly taken to the hospital but returned to her cell, where she was found dead the day of her arraignment.

The incidents have drawn scrutiny and attention since the high profile jail cell death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman who was stopped for failing to signal before changing lanes in Texas. A few days after the encounter with the officer escalated to her arrest, she was found hanging in her jail cell.

*Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Pine Lawn is in St. Louis County, not the city of St. Louis.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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