Man Left to Die in Jail Cell Deserves Justice

Target: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

Goal: Prosecute police department that allegedly refused to treat a now-deceased inmate’s medical emergency.

The family of an Alabama man who died while in jail has filed a suit against his captors, claiming that their medically negligent actions killed him. Phillip David Anderson, aged 49 and a father of four, died after a perforated ulcer went untreated, and Anderson’s family claims that the police department ignored his situation and lied about his condition.

Anderson was taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail after a traffic stop revealed an outstanding warrant for a child support case. Once taken into custody, Anderson could not keep his food down, vomiting his first meal and repeatedly failing to empty his bowels. As Anderson’s condition worsened, other inmates informed his family, but when the relatives contacted the jail, they were allegedly told that Anderson was fine.

Eventually, Anderson collapsed and was taken to a local hospital, where records indicated that he was in “extreme condition” with a “massively distended” abdomen when he was admitted. The ulcer had become too severe, and Anderson never awoke.

The alleged criminal misconduct from the police department is simply unacceptable. Sign the petition below and urge the Alabama attorney general to help prosecute this case.


Dear Mr. Strange,

I am writing in regards to a recent lawsuit filed by the family of Phillip David Anderson. Anderson died while in police custody after a perforated ulcer worsened and caused him to pass out.

According to the lawsuit, the police department ignored Anderson’s worsening condition and, even worse, lied about his health when concerned family members attempted to check on their relative. Such criminal negligence is simply unacceptable, and I urge you to please ensure that the people responsible for this tragic death are punished accordingly if found guilty.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Aliven Sarkar

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