Family of Rikers Inmate With Diabetes Who Died to Get $1.5M Settlement

The family of a diabetic Rikers Island inmate who died after being ignored by jailers for more than 14 hours is getting a $1.5 million settlement from New York City.

The Daily News reports that internal investigations by the city and state blamed the death of 45-year-old Carlos Mercado on corrections officers on duty beginning Aug. 23, 2013.

Documents say surveillance video captured one of the jailers stepping over Mercado after he fell out of a holding pen.

The newspaper says his sister, Linda Mercado, and her lawyers, couldn't be reached for comment. She previously said the staff needed training on how to deal with diabetic patients. She says her brother would still be alive if he got his medicine.

The case was resolved this month.

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