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A court publishes pictures of the death of an African American in prison in a correctional facility

August 8, 2020

A court in the North American state of North Carolina ordered the distribution of a video with pictures of the final moments of a black citizen who died in custody in a state correctional facility and five center employees were charged for his death. .

The person was identified as John Elliott Neville, 56, from Greensboro. The pictures show a syncope he suffered the day after his arrest on December 1, 2019, which was reduced by correctional officers, five officers and a paramedic when he yelled, “I can’t breathe!” and “mom!”

These screams are part of the American collective imagination as they are the same as those of George Floyd, also a black citizen, whose death in police custody in March on a police officer charged with murder sparked the largest protests in recent history in the United States.

A court publishes pictures of the death of an African American in prison in a correctional facilityA court publishes pictures of the death of an African American in prison in a correctional facility

Arrested for assaulting a woman, Neville suffered the episode after falling from his bunk. In the middle of the attack, those in charge of the center tried to reduce him and put a white sack on his head to protect himself from his saliva as he may be suffering from coronavirus.

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