Oct 11, 2020 10:00 PM

Lawsuit filed over man's death after arrest in Kansas City

Posted Oct 11, 2020 10:00 PM
Bradley and TJ Farmer photo courtesy Newcomer White Funeral Chapel
Bradley and TJ Farmer photo courtesy Newcomer White Funeral Chapel

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The husband of a man who died after he tried to hang himself in a police holding cell in Kansas City has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners.

Police said Terry “TJ” Farmer was taken to a hospital twice while in police custody on suspicion of drunken driving. He was in a coma until he died on Dec. 31. His death was ruled a suicide.

His husband, Bradley Farmer, alleged in a federal wrongful death lawsuit that officers at the police station in northern Kansas City did not provide proper medical care for Terry Farmer, who they knew was suicidal.

Terry Farmer used a metal telephone cord to try and hang himself while he was in a holding cell. Video surveillance shows he hung on the cord for nearly 12 minutes before detention workers entered the holding cell.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jacob Becchina called Terry Farmer's death a tragedy but said police could not comment on the lawsuit.