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Diabetic Cuyahoga County Jail officer died because supervisors wouldn’t let him take break to check

CLEVELAND, Ohio— A diabetic Cuyahoga County Jail officer died because his supervisors refused let him take a break to check his blood-sugar levels during a forced 16-hour shift, a lawsuit filed on Friday said.

Warren Johnson died July 3, 2022, about two weeks after he was rushed from the jail to University Hospitals with a glucose level of more than five times the normal level.

The lawsuit said the county ignored numerous requests Johnson made for breaks to check his blood, as well as appeals to avoid working past his regular, 12-hour shift.

Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia said the county does not comment on pending litigation.

Johnson, 45, was survived by his two children and his wife, Shakira Johnson, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of her husband’s estate.

The wrongful-death lawsuit accuses the county of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

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