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Jail Inmate Dead; Didn’t Get Dialysis

Yet Another Needless Death Behind Bars?

The latest inmate to die at the Oklahoma County jail did not get the dialysis he needed to survive and was told to quit faking, his relatives are complaining.

Bruno Elias Bermea, 53, died June 7 on the jail’s medical floor, three days after police stopped him blocks from his home in south Oklahoma City for running a stop sign, records show.

The carpenter was jailed after the officer found a warrant had been issued for his arrest in 2014 when he was charged with a weapons offense.

“I really think they need a new company working in there,” said a cousin, Anastasia Espinosa, 29, of Oklahoma City. “All of this keeps ... happening under Sheriff Whetsel. Maybe they need a new sheriff over that jail. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to figure it out, that it’s not working out. ... That jail is awful.”

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an inquiry into the death. Sheriff John Whetsel confirmed OSBI agents at first wouldn’t

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