Terrence Pendergrass Ignores Pleas of Jason Echevarria as He Lays Dying in his Cell on Rikers Island

08 Aug Terrence Pendergrass Ignores Pleas of Jason Echevarria as He Lays Dying in his Cell on Rikers Island

Just some of the dozens killed by DOC policy & practice on Rikers.

Just some of the dozens killed by DOC policy & practice on Rikers.

On Aug. 18, 2012, inmate Jason Echevarria, who was in a mental health unit, swallowed a powerful disinfectant commonly referred to as a “soap ball” which he was given by a new correction officer after a sewage backup in his cell, officials said.

After he swallowed the disinfectant, other inmates heard Echevarria banging on his cell door and calling for help, officials said.

Two corrections officers informed correction officer Terrance Pendergrass of the medical emergency, but according to the charges, the captain ignored them, saying that he wouldn’t respond unless the problem involved a dead body in a cell.