Max Gracia, an inmate at the Orange County Jail, has died. – Orlando Sentinel
An investigation is underway after an Orange County Jail inmate, who got into a fight with an Orlando police K-9 during his arrest, died Monday …
Police say Gracia held up a Circle K convenience store at gunpoint and made off with cash from the store’s register.
A clerk who was inside the store during the robbery told police that Gracia held the gun at waist level and said “give me all the money” then repeatedly said “I’m sorry but I got to do this” before taking the money and running away.
Max Gracia’s Orange County jail mug shot was apparently taken while he was seated in a wheelchair. That he is shirtless might bear explaining, too. It could be that Gracia went into the store half-dressed, but it also could be that officers may have decided that a man in a wheelchair made for a bad enough photo, and that wearing a dog-shredded shirt would take it over the top.
In my previous post, I made a very big deal about the FBI knowing that Florida’s jails and prisons continually make it very difficult for inmates to stay alive, and yet do nothing, despite their responsibilities to act against those in authority who fail to provide protection.
Max Gracia did steal, but was apologetic for it even while committing the theft, unlike the greedy bankers that tanked the world economy, and all the other white collar criminals that stole millions and skated on all charges with a “no admission of guilt” settlement paid for with Other People’s Money.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is one of the Other People’s Money guys who’s never sorry about anything, particularly dead inmates. He’s a “no admission of guilt” kind of guy.
We likely won’t ever hear Gracia’s explanation of his repeatedly saying, “I’m sorry, but I gotta do this,” even if he told officers before he died and officers told the Orlando Sentinel – their objectively on reporting criminal justice matters is non-existent, as indicated by the sole libelous story they wrote about John Dobbs prior to his being railroaded, as well as every story they’ve ever written about framed death-row inmate William “Tommy” Zeigler.
The Orlando Sentinel closed their article about Gracia with these preposterous words:
An autopsy will be conducted to determine what caused his death and if the death was suspicious, jail officials said.
Gracia’s death is suspicious. He was 22.