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Christopher Lopez: $3M in Death of Man Whose Jailers Joked and Laughed as He Slowly Died

Yesterday, we told you about an $11 million verdict for Ken McGill, who suffered a stroke while in Jefferson County Detention Center. But the McGill incident isn't the only jail-related tragedy to spur a multi-million dollar settlement this week. Colorado's Department of Corrections has reportedly agreed to pay $3 million over the death of Christopher Lopez, whose family filed a lawsuit accusing DOC personnel of allowing the mentally ill inmate to die as they watched, joked and laughed.

See also: Video: Hear Christopher Lopez's Jailers Joke and Laugh While He Slowly Dies

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