Video evidence released surrounding Portsmouth City Jail inmate’s death
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – WTKR has obtained details about Pamela Riddick, 66, who died while in custody of the Portsmouth City Jail on August 29.
Riddick died less than two days after she was arrested on grand larceny charges.
Family attorney Don Scott said video evidence surrounding Riddick’s death shows complete negligence from the Sheriff’s Office and is demanding for a grand jury to investigate the matter.
Scott also wants the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Stephanie Morales, to step down from the case.
WTKR spoke with Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. Lee Cherry on October 30, 2017.
Cherry replied, “Mr. Riddick had denied medical treatment. She didn’t want any medical treatment. The one person who says she was hollering and screaming–we have three witnesses that were inmates in adjoining cells that signed documents that they didn’t hear any screaming.”
However, Scott and family members believes Riddick died inside the cell and that deputies did not follow proper polices and procedues.
Scott said the video evidence shows an inmate next to Riddick’s cell waving out for help around 4 a.m. on August 23.
He also mentioned there were no deputies nearby as state police says they’re suppose to check on inmates twice an hour.
“I guarantee you that nobody lost their job because Pamela Riddick died,” Scott added. “Nobody was held accountable. Not one person.”
The family attorney told WTKR that he wants Morales to step down from the case because he believes there’s enough evidence for a grand jury to get involved, and he is accusing Morales of not being transparent about the investigation with the family.
“She told us back in February that after 90 days she would get back with us and let us know what happened, but we haven’t heard a peep,” said Scott. “She hadn’t reached out to us, and we don’t feel like its our responsibility to reach out to do her job,” Scott mentioned.
The Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office said they’re currently conducting an internal investigation to make sure Riddick’s case was handled properly.
Family attorney Don Scott hasn’t said whether or not they will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office, but will continue to do whatever is necessary to get justice for Riddick.
The Commonweath’s Attorney responded to Don Scott’s allegations with a statement below: