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'Most transparent' government still hasn't returned grieving mother's calls

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Tyler Worley's likeness appears in this image from Sept. 14, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Tyler Worley's likeness appears in this image from Sept. 14, 2016. (Source: FOX5)

The City of Las Vegas held a training session on Wednesday, calling themselves the “most approachable and transparent” government in the country.

Christine Dickerson, who has been trying to talk to somebody with the city jail about her dead son, said that statement is a slap in the face.

[READ: Crying mother blames jail's suicide watch program for son's death]

Tyler Worley, 21, was found dead at the jail with a sheet wrapped around his neck on June 16, 2016. He hanged himself from a bed in his cell, even though he was supposed to be supervised.

According to Worley’s coroner’s report, he was placed on suicide watch. Now the City is disputing that, claiming he was only placed “in isolation.”

“The only difference between isolation and suicide watch is in suicide watch the inmate would not have access to sheets,” Las Vegas spokesman Jace Radke wrote. 

Dickerson said she still, to this day, has never received a phone call from the jail explaining what happened. She found out from the Clark County Coroner’s Office the next day.

“If you felt he needed to be on suicide watch, there was a reason for it,” she said. “I don't know that reason because they won't tell me.”

William Terry, an attorney who saw our story, said Dickerson definitely has a case against the City if she decides to sue.

He said hiding behind the term “isolation” instead of “suicide watch” takes away from the fact that they knew Worley needed to be supervised.

“Sheets are predominately used for purposes of killing yourself. You can hang them on the bars. You can hang them on the ceiling. You can hang them on the lights,” said Terry. “The question is, ‘Why is he in isolation?’”

The attorney said the entire situation is made worse by the way the City has handled the case after the fact.

“I would think it's not just frustration -- it's disrespect,” he said. “This is something that can't be hidden. The jail protocols can't be hidden."

Wednesday’s training session for inmates couldn’t have come at a worse time for Dickerson. The goal was specifically to train staff on how to treat people in the public “with respect and dignity.”

Deputy City Manager Orlando Sanchez said he thinks his staff does a great job.

“I believe we're the best in the country!” he said.

Sanchez said he didn’t know the facts of the case, but that didn’t stop him from saying his employees do a fine job return phone calls.

“If she hasn't reached out to us yet, I'd be more than happy to talk to her and hear her side of the story, but with any story I think there's two sides,” he said. “Like I said, we're very receptive and I think we're one of the most transparent - I guess most approachable government there is.”

So far the official response from the City is that they can’t talk about the case because it’s under investigation.

Our attorney said he doesn’t buy it.

“Shady might be the wrong term, but a lot of it depends on how long the ‘investigation’ has been going on,” he said. “This didn't happen yesterday. It happened a while ago. It doesn't take that long to do an investigation.”

Worley was arrested for disturbing the peace and not being on the sidewalk. He was in the process of fighting those charges and was waiting for his next court date. According to a toxicology screening, the only drugs he had in his system were given to him by the jail.

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