The Sacramento Bee ( http://bit.ly/13d5XKy) says the 17-page federal lawsuit was filed electronically on Saturday by a lawyer representing 48-year-old Mark Anthony Scott's mother and three sisters.
The suit blames inadequate Sheriff's Department policies, practices and training for Scott's death last January.
Scott's pleas for help were met with silence, derision and indifference, according to the lawsuit, and the unchecked vomiting led to a torn esophagus, internal bleeding and death.
Sheriff Scott Jones says results of the death investigation are at odds with the lawsuit's version of events.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com