Terrill Thomas

Terrill Thomas loved cars. The 38-year-old father of six had a passion for luxury cars, a world far removed from his relatively poor upbringing in Milwaukee. T-Buck, as he was known to his friends, was a joyous fellow who loved to help his neighbors. Unfortunately, he also suffered from bipolar disorder, and his struggles with his disability frequently found him on the wrong side of the law. After a 2008 stint in prison, Terrill started planning on a better future for his family. He opened a car lot, selling luxury cars.

Terrill Thomas died in police custody on April 24, 2016, of “profound dehydration.” A little more than a week previous, a Mercedes was stolen from Terrill’s auto lot, triggering a dissociative episode. Terrill pursued the supposed thief to a casino and shot at him. Cops arrested him and booked him at the Milwaukee County Jail. That night, Terrill flooded the cell by clogging the toilet with bedding. As punishment, he was moved to a solitary confinement cell and had the water shut off. He remained there, without water, for seven days. Eight days after being booked, Terrill was found naked on the floor of his cell, having lost 34 pounds, dead of thirst. Three of the jailors would plead guilty to felony neglect, while the sheriff in charge of the jail would go lead a pro-Trump super PAC.

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