A poisoned Thanksgiving meal in 2015 made Brooklyn House of Detention inmates severely ill and will cost the city $232,000, the Daily News reports.
The Brooklyn House of Detention is not the same facility as the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center – which is, of course, where Vanguard, the leader of the NXIVM slaver cult, presently resides.
At the House of Detention – 16 inmates were given from $500 to $26,000 because they each ate carrot cake and sweet potatoes that contained rat poison.
The food was served as part of their Thanksgiving Day meal.
The food had high levels of Brodifacoum, a highly lethal rat poison. Three inmates passed out and several others underwent CT scans and had their stomachs pumped, according to a federal lawsuit.
Some were denied medical treatment.
A prisoner who worked in pest control noticed green pellets he recognized as rat poison were in the carrot cake. But the jail officer in charge of the kitchen said the pellets were clusters of nuts and fruits, though she refused to sample the food herself, the lawsuit alleged.
When inmates tried to call 911 for help, jail officers put the facility on lockdown. Inmates were met with laughter when they begged officers for medical help, the lawsuit claimed.
Officers threw the remaining tainted food away, forcing investigators to find samples in the garbage, the suit alleged.
It remains unclear who put the poison in the food, according to the Daily News, and evidently no one will be punished.
The city did not admit any guilt in the settlement.
There was once a case of food poisoning or something that occurred at Vanguard Week a few years ago. It is not clear what caused the outbreak of illness.