Newly released video footage shows a Black man in custody in medical distress, repeatedly telling corrections officers he couldn’t breathe as officers struggled to detain him after he experienced a medical event in a North Carolina jail two days before he died.
Five corrections officers and one nurse have since been fired and charged with involuntary manslaughter for their role in the death of a 56-year-old James Elliott Neville, who died on December 4, 2019. The video, released this week as part of a judge’s order, depicts events that occurred at the Forsyth County Jail on December 2, 2019, two days before his death and one day after he was arrested on assault charges by the Kernersville Police Department, according to the report.
The Forsyth County Medical Examiner said Neville’s death was caused by “complications of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury due to cardiopulmonary arrest due to positional and compressional asphyxia during prone restraint.”
The Greensboro, North Carolina, man had been revived several times, both at the jail and in the hospital before he entered a coma and ultimately died.Continue reading