Countdown to Death at Rikers Island
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Video Shows Officers Ignoring Man in Diabetic Distress, He Dies in Jail 15 Hours After Arrest
At one point in the video, officers can be seen callously walking around the dying man’s lifeless body as he lay on the floor. Instead of taking his claims seriously for diabetes, guards told him that his loss of consciousness and sickness was due to heroin withdrawal.
Hours later, at 9:06 am, after being ignored by prison staff, Mercado died. Contrary to the claims of heroin withdrawal, the autopsy report that Mercado died from exactly what he warned guards about upon entering the jail — complications from diabetes.
Mercado’s death shows us much more than terrible prison conditions. It shows us the horrid reality of the war on drugs.
Had police dedicated their resources to chasing after real criminals, who maliciously harm others, Mercado would most likely still be alive. Instead, they went after low-level drug dealers out to make end’s meat in the only manner they know how, and a man spent his last hours alive, begging for help as he was locked in a cage.