Deathscapes

Circle Bear: From Disruptive to “Dangerous”

Deathscapes

Circle Bear: From Disruptive to “Dangerous”

While in her cell at Brown County Jail, Circle Bear complained about ongoing stomach pains. Jail staff claimed they had assisted Circle Bear with her complaints—such as providing Tylenol for her pain. During a visit with the jail’s clinical therapist, the therapist noted that Circle Bear appeared to be withdrawing from a chemical substance. The therapist also stated that Sarah needed to be under suicide watch. Over the course of the next couple of days, the staff regarded Circle Bear as “disruptive,” especially as she continued to voice and exhibit physical and mental discomfort. Jail staff noted that Circle Bear’s behavior was “scaring people by the way she was talking.” The staff labelled Circle Bear as dangerous, describing her as a threat to herself and other inmates.


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