Inmate Dies in Joe Arpaio's Towers Jail

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The latest inmate to die in one of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails is 47-year-old Felix Martinez-Torres.

"No suspicious circumstances are suspected in this case," the Sheriff's Office says in a statement.

Torres was found sitting upright but unconscious in his cell early Sunday morning.

CPR was performed, but after being transported to Saint Joseph's Hospital, Torres was pronounced dead.

MCSO says Torres' family members told detectives that he "had a history of medical issues," and his cause of death will be determined through an autopsy.

Torres had been in MCSO custody for less than a week after being arrested on charges of driving on a suspended license and failing to appear in court.

See also:
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-The $8 Million Victim
-Public Pays in Jail Death
-Arpaio Turns a Blind Eye to Jailhouse Justice
-MCSO Shackling Pregnant Moms
-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Jails Lose National Accreditation

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2cool2bschooled
2cool2bschooled

Hey why dont you guys show some respect to the Torres family instead of posting the asinine comments you all are making JEEZ 

goodonya
goodonya

Hey, you guys? Why do you all scream "JAFFY" whenever you read something that you don't like? I've been chalking it up to a last-in-education Arizona colloquialism, but maybe you lot are Australians and are screaming "just another fucking first year" for no apparent reason, which may be the case... please refer to last-in-education Arizona section.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

So............this man got tired OF LIVING  and just GAVE UP THE GHOST in a sitting position ? What imagination . Maybe IF WE'RELUCKY  we will get to see the original autopsy reports ........before mcso  gets to them.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

I  also will wait for the autopsy ..........But given mcso's TRACK RECORD ,I can't help but think there was FOUL PLAY BY mcso............

StacyP
StacyP

All I've got to say about this is wait until the autopsy report comes out.  Years back there was an inmate from Glendale who was also booked on a DUI and came out dead.  Remember Juan Mendoza Farias ?  Phoenix New Times wrote a few reports on this.  Matter of fact, the jail folks told the family that he died of natural causes then the attorney couldn't get any info on the autopsy and it wasn't until PNT sued to get public records and they got 'em with redacted documents, edited film and those autopsy pictures were very telling.  Matt, can you put a link to this?

frijolesaltarine
frijolesaltarine

Does anybody know if last saturday night was taco night at the jail? I'm just trying to make lemonade out of this horribly sour tragedy, and I'm hoping that his last meal was one that he would have requested if he'd had the chance.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Less than 50 years old but natural causes, or so they say.  He has had med issues, or say they say. 


It would really be nice to feel our sheriff's office was honest and we could rely on it for truth but sadly that is not the history of it.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Not even a week (September 30 was Monday. October 6 was Sunday) he was in custody on misdemeanor offenses (easily resolved through a fine) and the storm troopers killed him. Way to go douchebags who vote for the corrupt fool known as Joe Arpaio.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Get ready to open your wallets taxpayers, I see yet another 7-figure settlement on the horizon.

Plus I believe MCSO altered and destroyed evidence, as it's known to do.

Maybe Judge Snow should extend his order to the DO's and CO's as well. He should order them trained to do their jobs.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

I guess that's going 2 b d Monitor's first thing 2 do, suggest a thorough investigation on this guy's death, since d Monitor was already approved b4 this death happened....why it appears that he's isloted in "his cell", sitting upright ,unconscious, who knows 4 how long, probably he was already dead, but they have 2 play d part by giving him CPR, thus, when d fire deparment arrived and took him away, they could claim that he was still alive and his death won't reflect as if it happened at d JOKE's gulag.

Since d Monitor is  going 2 have access 2 all MCSO, perhaps it'd be good to start looking 4 that possible "second set of books"....put d pressure on the that OLD FART.....what it'd be most ironic thing it'd be GET RID OF D RACIST POS THROUGH ATTRITION.....LMFAO :D  :D.

FELIX MARTINEZ-TORRES.... REST IN PEACE.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Inmates die in jail all the time so what's your problem?  If he was white you probably wouldn't even care would you?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Too bad the Clown's Sheriff's monitor (baby sitter) isn't in place yet.


The Joker can still destroy the videos and other evidence, as they have done in the past.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

What do ya bet the guy had to take meds and MCSO wouldn't give them to him.  They did pay out for killing someone who was diabetic and was refused her meds not long ago.

quelastima
quelastima

If he'd just have kept his driver's license current, he'd have keeled over in Maryvale amongst his people. There is no sign at the Towers jail that reads "dead mexican storage" so please, keep you noses clean and driver's licenses current, amigos.

quelastima
quelastima

This is so sad :( If he'd have just kept his driver's license in order, he could have keeled over amongst his people in Maryvale.

guadalupeaz13
guadalupeaz13

didntneedhimatall

Sorry to disappoint you but Felix Torres is an Arizona native that graduated from Dobson high school. Born and Raised in Mesa.

Bnbk
Bnbk

So Torres had medical issues and he was kept in general population ? If so why ? I can see another large settlement coming that the citizens of Maricopa County will be responsible for.

didntneedhimatall
didntneedhimatall

woohoo! another criminal mexican off the public dole. how many millions more to go?

NATALISCOUS
NATALISCOUS

COME ON THE MAN WAS HEALTHY JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE CONDITIONS IN THE JAIL.  INMATE OR NOT WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY ARE WE.  HE WAS ON HIS WAY TO WORK HAD A SUSPENDED LISCENSE.  TRYING TO GET MONEY TO TAKE CARE OF HIS FINE. INMATES HAVE RIGHTS TO PROPER MEDICAL CARE WHICH HE DID NOT GET.  THIS KIND OF THING HAPPENS TO MUCH IN MARICOPA COUNTY JAIL.  IF YOU ARE SITTING THERE THINKING OH WELL JUST ANOTHER INMATE WE HAVE TO PAY FOR.  THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT AND DON'T RE- ELECT THE SHERIFF.  IT EFFECTS EVERYONE NOT JUST THE FAMILY.  NOBODY DESERVES TO DIE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THERE FINE.  FELIX WAS A GOOD PERSON AND HE'S NOT AROUND BECAUSE OF THE WAY JOE ARPAIO RUNS HIS JAIL TREATING PEOPLE WORSE THEN DOGS.


Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@frijolesaltarine You're FUCKING SICK JAFFY  ....You need HELP in the worse way  Still aint FOOLING no one BUT YOURSELF. BOBBY BEAR!!!!!!!!!!1

stardelamor
stardelamor

@robert_graham apparently you dont know the history of Joe's jails look up a few of these  Richard Post (paraplegic), Crenshaw(blind),Leslie Christiansen,Daniel Purpura,,Brian    Scott Norberg,Charles Agster,Eric Vogel. ,Juan, Mendoza Farias,  Kevin Holschlag, Bertha Oropeza,Marty Atencio, Raymond Manuel Farinas, Wietse Ten Boden, Clint Yarbrough, Carlo Krakoff, Pete Calleros,Mando Lugo, Dana Seawright, Shannon Palmer,James Jennings,Alex Usurelu, William Gray, UlisesRodriquez, Albert Tsoie, Sean Pierce, Jeremy Pompenneo,Charles Ward , Marcia Powell, Gina Marie Box, Joshua Haynes, Deborah Braillard, this is not a complete list but you should get the idea if you read how they died. Youtube used to have one where they caught the killing on camera.another youtube shows mental patients that are tied to beds and naked getting beat.

Dont you know how he treats the people in his jails, women are  not given personal items and they are made to wear their bloody clothes.Pregnant Women are handcuffed while having babies and are made to walk right afterwards  even if it was a c section. If they speak Spanish they are beaten for that one lady had her arm broken for not signing deportation papers Luckily she had family members here or they would have been covered it up to .His jails are so filthy  they have a bacteria that eats flesh , lawyer Kathleen Careyvisiting her client contacted the deadly (MRSA staph infection)andsaid it has cost her over a $180,000 in medical bills.

 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  actually, yes we would...........do you even remember the uproar in the Norberg case and a few others? and no, it is not a common thing for people to die all the time in jail. whereas i dont think this death had anything to do with MCSO (his cellmates, maybe, but we will have to wait for the report) it is pretty pathetic that you are trying to turn an unexplained death into a race issue (and you are failing horribly at it too)

robert_graham
robert_graham

@WhoKnows What the fuck is wrong with you?  People die in jail all the time. Do you think that just because he was Hispanic that there must be fowl play involved? 

Just another despicable article to blast MCSO.

stardelamor
stardelamor

@quelastima watch out I know you don't believe in God by judging  people and talking so inhumanely about others so maybe you understand Karma-If you end up in there you may get a rude awaking

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@quelastima You don't fool anyone here fool wash a turd ...change it's name ............you still have a turd like you JAFFY

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@quelastima   La  LÁSTIMA es que eres JOTO  BABOSO ......QUE  crees que no estas conocido aqui? Eres el mismo joto en INGLES O ESPANOL pinche jaffy vales verga way!!!!!!!!!!

stardelamor
stardelamor

@guadalupeaz13 Doesnt make any difference  to Joe he kills women too makes them where bloody clothes while they are having their monthly. He has all kinds of ticks - women having babies are handcuff and tied to the bed during child birth.

stardelamor
stardelamor

@Bnbk That woman that was denied medicine for her diabetes told  the police she had to have her medicine they still didn't give it to her. There was another woman that told them she was in labor they ignored her baby was born dead and she has a report form her Dr saying there was nothing wrong with the baby the week before. It amazes me the people in AZ know the least  about Joe . I bet they don't publish this stuff in the local papers

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@Bnbk Medical issues and was so bad that day that he died but not bad enough to even need or want to lay down.  Just sitting there and died.  Okay if they say so!

stardelamor
stardelamor

@didntneedhimatall you are aware there are people waiting to go to court they have not even been found guilty and if you think they deserve to die for these things you are wrong . A lot of sick people in the world these days

guadalupeaz13
guadalupeaz13

Sorry to disappoint you but Felix Torres is an Arizona native that graduated from Dobson high school. Born and Raised in Mesa.

ratbag
ratbag

@phxmusicman64 @goodonya You all scream out JAFFY because you're coprophilic homophobes? Alright, I guess I was correct in my initial assumption. thanks for the explanation.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@yourproductsucks2 A question we have asked way too often.One that once again, will cost Maricopa County taxpayers million to have answered.One that once again,will cause undue suffering,pain and anguish on the victims family.Sadly,we all know that we will never get the facts about this case.

stardelamor
stardelamor

@robert_graham @WhoKnows  you have blinders on better hope your family member never ends up in there it could be a death sentence for something as simple as jay walking!

fsmith3
fsmith3

@robert_graham @WhoKnows 

Hey, birdbrain.

"Fowl" refers to critters such as chickens and turkeys. You should know, being a close relative.

"Foul," on the other hand, refers to your breath.


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, MCSO is doing the blasting to itself.

No inmates don't die all the time. I know this for fact. My neighbor is a CO, my uncle is a cop and my dad is a former MCSO DO.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@robert_graham, jaffy, fuck u bitch, MCSO is known 4 all those people that ends up dead  in those gulags. And that's exactly d point, there might b FOWL play there, due 2 the guy beign HISPANIC,who knows what really might've  happened in there. I hope u didn't do anything 2 that guy, since u hate so much hispanics and since u don't want let go of the OLD FUCK'S  leg. Good thing is that that RACIST POS is going 2 b pressured 2 leave office, once d Monitor takes charge....specially with who d Monitor it's gonna b, A BiG GuN. GOOD RIDDANCE BITCH. FUCKING CHUPAVERGAS.

stardelamor
stardelamor

@MaskedMagician1967 then you are kept in the dark-don't you people read the newspapers or do they even print his killings there. Heres a partial list there are more search them & see how they died.Richard Post (paraplegic), Crenshaw(blind), Leslie Christiansen,Daniel Purpura, , Brian    Scott Norberg, Charles Agster, Eric Vogel. ,Juan, Mendoza Farias,  Kevin Holschlag, Bertha Oropeza, Marty Atencio, Raymond Manuel Farinas, Wietse Ten Boden, Clint Yarbrough, Carlo Krakoff, Pete Calleros,Mando Lugo, Dana Seawright, Shannon Palmer,James Jennings,Alex Usurelu, William Gray, Ulises  Rodriquez, Albert Tsoise, Sean Pierce, Jeremy Pompenneo,Charles Ward , Marcia Powell, Gina Marie Box, Joshua Haynes, Deborah Braillard

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@ShakeYourHeadALil. dude u r so mean...i am sorry if my posts reflects ignorance & did unsettle u......forgive me please...i promise it won't happen again.....FUCK U DUDE, u should shake ur gargantuan empty head. I'm quite surprised that u r able 2 put a  sentence together, knowing how ignorant u r.....thus, feel free 2 "go hard" on me...it'll b entertaining 2 see u struggle in ur  attempt  2  do        something i know u r incapable of, let  alone, teach me.  just   by  looking at   how  ABERRANT ur posts r......forget it.   FUCKING RETARD.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@ShakeYourHeadALil, ahhhhh, poor son of a bitch, sooo ignorant....ANYTHING that MCSO and that RACIST POS would want  2 do, has 2 B REPORTED TO D MONITOR, B IT AN ID THEFT RAID, if the OLD FUCK wants 2 fart,  if jaffy needs 2 change his diaper,  ANY TYPE OF OPERATION HAS 2 B REPORTED 2 D MONITOR, THEN D  MONITOR REPORTS 2 JUDGE SNOW, WHO DECIDES IF HE GIVES D GREEN LIGHT ON  WHATEVER D OLD FUCK WANTS 2 DO AND IF T CONFORMS 2 HIS RUILINGS. Seems 2 me that d OLD FART is d "BOSS" in name only. Now don't get so upset, u might suffer a stroke or something,   getting agitated is not good 4 OLD FARTS.                                                                          

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@ShakeYourHeadALil       Hey jaffy another masquerade eh? Your screen names are getting ridiculous to say the least....... You need to STOP SMELLING THAT SWAMP GAS coming out of ourpieholes  ASS

ShakeYourHeadALil
ShakeYourHeadALil

@IdontRecall The monitor won't be doing anything but monitoring genius.  The monitor cannot tell MCSO what or how to do their jobs and is not able to make any changes to MCSO policy or procedures.  You type quite ignorantly and say many ignorant things so I will not go hard on you, but you might want to learn to understand things before speaking on them- it really gives off the impression that you are stupid.  PEACE

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@Bnbk I've a few myself that I like  I have a  strat to  but I prefer the action and electronics on the Ibanez , The shark fin inlay is there ...not enough pixels in the picture for detail ...I guess

Bnbk
Bnbk

@phxmusicman64 @quelastima Cool that explains it,the body looked like an Ibanez only I couldn't make out any sharktooth inlays. I also have a few guitars. My favorite is still my Mexican Strat,had it all reworked last year,plays really nice great action,sustain and intonation.

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