WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — A New York City Department of Correction captain is behind bars and charged with negligent homicide after she allegedly watched an inmate kill himself and did nothing, a district attorney said.Rebecca Hillman, 38, was charged with negligent homicide in connection with the Nov. 20, 2020, suicide of Ryan Wilson at the Manhattan Detention Complex, colloquially known as The Tombs.Faced with a life-or-death choice, Hillman, an eight-year veteran of the department, showed a “callous disregard” for life and allowed the man to hang himself, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said Monday in announcing the criminal charges.According to the indictment, Hillman stopped officers from saving Wilson as he hung himself with his bedsheet inside his cell.“The death of Ryan Wilson wasn’t just a tragedy — it was a crime,” Vance said. “Our investigation shows that Captain Hillman ordered her subordinates not to take potentially life-saving measures to help Mr. Wilson, and failed to call for medical assistance expediently.”According to the indictment, Hillman decided to have Wilson transferred to another cell after he had an argument with another inmate.While awaiting the move, Wilson fashioned a noose out of a bedsheet and attached it to a light fixture inside his cell.After calling an officer over, Wilson threatened to hang himself if Hillman refused to let him out of his cell, the indictment said.According to prosecutors, Hillman was called but did not come right away, and instead stopped into an office to fill out paperwork.Ten minutes later, Wilson jumped from his bed, according to the indictment.The officer who had been talking to Wilson called for Wilson’s cell to be opened but Hillman allegedly said Wilson was fine and “playing,” according to the indictment.The cell was opened a minute later but Hillman allegedly ordered the officer to remain outside, saying Wilson was faking it because he was still breathing, prosecutors said.She called for non-emergency backup and ordered the door closed while Wilson remained hanging inside his locked cell, but by the time medical personal arrived, Wilson was dead, the indictment said.“This callous disregard for Mr. Wilson’s safety resulted in an irreversible loss to his family and friends, and must be held criminally accountable,” Vance said.Hillman pleaded not guilty and was remanded to custody. Her attorney didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.A spokesman for the New York City Department of Correction said Hillman has been suspended without pay and is under an internal investigation over the incident.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Republic of Ireland international completed a deal in excess of £1million when he moved to the Latics from Sunderland on Thursday. McClean is in contention to face Manchester United in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley, having opted to drop into the Championship after discovering he had little future on Wearside under Paolo Di Canio. Press Association Owen Coyle has revealed new-boy James McClean took a pay cut to join Wigan. “He took a drop in salary to come, such was his desire to play football,” said Coyle. “That was fantastic to see in a young man. All too often in football, finance is the motivation for some players. “It is great to have someone at your football club who is prepared to take a step back because he believes it will eventually lead to making two forward.” McClean does not arrive at the DW Stadium with an unblemished record though. Born in Derry and raised on the Creggan estate on which six people were killed by the British military during Bloody Sunday in 1972, McClean attracted a storm of criticism for refusing to wear a poppy on his shirt during last season’s annual Remembrance weekend commemorations. In addition, McClean condemned Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni on Twitter, leading to a rebuke from the Italian, whilst he was also reprimanded for his behaviour by former Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill on more than one occasion. McClean has since insisted he has learned his lessons. “We have all done silly things as young men,” said Coyle. “The bottom line is, having had a chat with him, I know he is focused and just wants to concentrate on his football. “If we get James McClean doing that, there is no doubt he is a huge talent. “He took the Premier League by storm with his wing play; not only his quality on the ball but how hard he works off the ball for his team. “He is a Republic of Ireland international. He has won 14 caps at a young age. There is no doubt he can go from strength to strength.”
The situation was markedly different in the summer when – in the light of a £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal – the Uruguay international claimed the club had reneged on a deal which would allow him to join a side playing in Europe’s elite. However, a promising start to the season sees the Reds in third, behind Chelsea only on goal difference, with a number of positive performances. “He sees a genuine chance for us to make that (top four). He is happy here. “From a club perspective, we made a stance last summer, not only for Luis but for every player. “If we think it is time to sell a player, we will. If not we won’t.” While the impact of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has not been in doubt this season, Liverpool’s midfield were criticised for being too pedestrian in the defeat at Arsenal last weekend. Critics were quick to point out the 33-year-old Gerrard appeared to have little influence on the game from a passing or running point of view while speed has never been an attribute Lucas has been blessed with. While Rodgers did not exactly dismiss suggestions his midfield lacked the necessary speed, he did counter the argument. “We have got very good players and in that game Arsenal had outstanding ability,” he added. “In fairness to Steven and Lucas, they worked very hard. Steven picked up an injury (to his hip) and struggled in that part of the game because of that. “There’s no doubt in the modern game you have to have that mobility in midfield but you also need the balance. “You also need players who are technically good, can play and can participate in the game tactically and of course the modern game gets quicker every year. “That is an area you need mobility in and for us, going forward, it is something, as with every area, we will try to improve.” Press Association Suarez has contributed significantly already after returning from suspension, scoring six times in five league matches. Earlier in the week, captain Steven Gerrard said he thought the 26-year-old would reconsider his position at the end of the campaign depending on whether the club had qualified for the Champions League. But Rodgers has always insisted he has had nothing but commitment from the striker. “I haven’t been given anything to the contrary,” he said. “Looking and speaking to him Luis is as happy as he has ever been. “He recognises we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there (the top four). “Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that. “He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature and his performance level has been really high. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Luis Suarez is “as happy as he’s ever been” as he can see the club has a genuine chance of qualifying for the Champions League.