Jamaal Byrd was arrested on Sept. 30 because he was suspected of selling marijuana. On Oct. 1, he was found dead in his cell. Activists have been demanding answers for months and are reportedly getting little to no cooperation from the police.
Less than seven hours later, Byrd was discovered in his cell. He was allegedly alone and passed out on his bed. A guard performed CPR and he was taken to a hospital. The 33-year-old was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.
Roxane Johnson, Byrd’s mother said in a statement, “We need answers. My son was in great health. What happened to cause his death while in the custody of the DC Department of Corrections? Nothing will bring my son back — but I am demanding to know what happened to my son! He meant the world to me and my family.”
While D.C. police say he was arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana, Black Lives Matter in D.C. says, “Byrd was on his way to sign up for a job training program when he was stopped by police.”
Keena Blackman, a spokeswoman for Washington, D.C. Department of Corrections, said in a statement on Friday, “Our condolences remain with his family during this difficult time.”
One user wrote on social media about Jamaal Byrd, “Jamaal Byrd was a sweet and respectful man, a loving father, brother and son. His life matters to his mother, his sister, his children and all of us who love and care about him. We demand to know the truth about his death.”
An investigation into his death is allegedly ongoing and autopsy results are pending.
We hope the Byrd family gets justice. Our condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragedy.
LeBron James And Sports Fans Celebrate New Law Allowing College Athletes To Get Paid
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I’m so incredibly proud to share this moment with all of you. @gavinnewsom came to The Shop to do something that will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it! @uninterrupted hosted the formal signing for SB 206 allowing college athletes to responsibly get paid. pic.twitter.com/NZQGg6PY9d— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 30, 2019
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College athletes can now CONTROL their own names, images and likenesses ..what a beautiful yet simple thing. Great work Ramogi! Great work— Ed O'Bannon (@Ed_OBannon) September 30, 2019
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Thank you to California Governor @GavinNewsom for his leadership signing the bill protecting college athletes and bringing more equality to the multi billion dollar industry. Cc: @KingJames #MoreThanAnAthlete— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 30, 2019
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We made history!!! @GavinNewsom has signed into law #SB206, making California the first state in the nation to allow college athletes to get paid for their name, image, and likeness!!#FairPaytoPlayAct#ShowMetheMoney https://t.co/EpnhT2V1Dz— Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) September 30, 2019
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Great to see @Ed_OBannon alongside @KingJames for the signing of the Fair Pay to Play Act into law. Ed spent seven years litigating a case, knowing from the start it wouldn't pay him anything, win or lose. He brought it to change rules to benefit others: https://t.co/mG96ptaFIQ https://t.co/FNnSJ4ovW8— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) September 30, 2019
D.C. Man Arrested For Marijuana And Found Dead In His Cell Less Than 7 Hours Later was originally published on newsone.com