Witnesses: Jail guards mocked dying inmate

(KOMO NEWS)   Rose Saffioti is trying to make the best of Friday night. She’s keeping busy at her family restaurant along Mukilteo speedway, but mostly, she’s thinking of her son Michael.

“When I have to sleep at night, and close my eyes, it’s hard,” she said. “Believe me, when I got the call that my son was dead — I couldn’t even — like, why? Something was wrong.”

Earlier this year, Michael went to the Snohomish County jail for one night. He had missed a court date and turned himself in.

He was asthmatic, had anxiety problems and self-medicated with marijuana to calm down. But he didn’t have a medical card and it got him into trouble.

Michael was also acutely allergic to dairy. And that early morning changed everything.

“It was really hard to hear,” Saffioti said.

In newly-released witness statements from other inmates, Saffioti’s legal team alleges Michael was fed oatmeal that contained milk.
He became violently ill.

Witnesses claim that Michael turned on his cell’s emergency light as he and inmates begged for help and pounded on doors to get attention. They believed the allergic attack was preventable — and got mocked.

“And saying you’re faking it? ‘Shut up, you’re going to the hole’? That to me is negligence,” Saffioti said.

Michael Saffioti went into jail for one day and never made it out alive.

Rose says she armed the county with Michael’s medical needs and was ignored.

“He tried to advocate for himself as far as allergies go and they just didn’t take him seriously,” Saffioti said.

So she’s prepared to sue, barring the outcome of the county’s investigation. The Sheriff’s Office said the review is still being finalized and expect to release the full report in a matter of days.

But for Saffioti, it’s another Friday night shift at the restaurant. Another night without all the answers.

“I want to know who dropped the ball,” she said.

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4 Responses to “Witnesses: Jail guards mocked dying inmate”
  1. mellyrn says:

    Sue the police academy that trained those police, and also whoever certified them as "fit for duty".

  2. Tom says:

    But, but, but that’s how the Israelis taught us to treat these "terrorists!"

    We are all Palestinians now!

  3. Thebes says:

    Suffering from food allergies as I do, I have always worried what might happen if I were arrested…

    Lets face the fact- the State’s enforcers MURDERED this man and mocked him as he died.

    Cops are NOT your friends. At best they are only ever useful to get a piece of paper if you have an insurable loss. At worst they MURDER those who have harmed no one out of spite and prejudice.

  4. Jolly Roger says:

    Don’t waste your time suing them, because the judges are all paid off by the private prison companies. That’s how they get most of their inmates. Just know who all the prison guards are and deal with them later.

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