Two jailers indicted in man's in-custody death

A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted two jailers for the death of a man in Arlington police custody.

In March, 42-year-old Jonathan Paul was arrested for misdemeanor warrants.

At the time, officers said Paul was combative and wouldn't follow orders.

They put him in isolation and he was later found unresponsive. He died in the hospital.

Two detention officers, Steven Schmidt and Pedro Medina, were indicted Monday on charges of criminally negligent homicide.

Late Monday evening, after the grand jury announcement, police released hours of video and audio taken inside the jail from the time Paul was booked to the time he was taken out in a stretcher.    

The video shows Paul undressing and dressing, flooding a cell with his pants in the toilet.

In response, a detention officer orders Paul to the corner of the cell, then pepper sprays Paul before backing out.

Jail employees then come in and physically restrain him and pull him out of the flooded cell.

Video then shows jailers moving him to one last cell. His hands appear to be cuffed, and legs are being restrained as well.

Paul can be heard coughing, and eventually, it appears detention officers remove restraints and then back out of the cell.

Paul, left alone, is still and quiet.

From the time stamp on the video, several minutes pass before someone is heard asking if he could be dead.

Then a call for emergency help is made to check on Paul.

Video shows paramedics performing chest compressions and then using a defibrillator.

A Tarrant County medical examiner's autopsy report says Paul had THC in his system and showed signs of acute psychosis.

It says restraint and pepper spray played a significant role in his death and that his psychosis would have most likely been treatable with a medical evaluation and hospital treatment.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson released a statement Monday night, saying, "This has been a difficult case for our community. We promised a thorough and vigorous investigation into this matter. Now that the Grand Jury proceeding has concluded, we are eager to finalize the administrative case and present the findings of the investigation to the family and our community."

Pedro Medina is still employed by the jail, though he is on administrative leave with pay.

He's been with the jail since 2012.

Schmidt retired from the Arlington Police Department last month. He was with the jail since 2005.

FOX 4 spoke with an attorney who's filed a lawsuit on behalf of those who knew Paul.

They'd alleged that Paul was denied medical attention and that officers used excessive force and unlawful restraint.

It's not clear yet if family or friends have seen the video.

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