In September 2019, 28-year-old Abed Michael Naqshabandi committed suicide on his way to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, South Carolina.
Naqshabandi jumped from the second floor of the detention center, resulting in multiple injuries to his legs, feet and elbows. He was taken to a hospital where medical staff treated his injuries. However, according to the documents, the hospital staff ignored the mental health issues that prompted him to jump from the second floor. Doctors released Naqshabandi from the hospital the same day and sent him back to prison.
The way to the detention center was supposed to take no more than 20 minutes. Naqshabandi was entangled by a seatbelt in a vehicle of Horry County Sheriff. The officer who was transporting Naqshabandi had a history of mistreating prisoners.
In July 2021, Naqshabandi’s mother filed a lawsuit against the head of the correctional facility, claiming they were responsible for her son’s death. In addition, the Naqshabandi family accuses the hospital staff of criminal negligence.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“Mr. Naqushabandi is the third mental health patient to die as a result of injuries sustained in a Horry County Sheriff’s transport vehicle in the last 12 months,” reads a press release from the attorney representing the estate of Abed “Michael” Naqushabandi.
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“It is a horrible thought to consider that this young man died within feet of the people there to supervise him,” said Michael’s grandfather Richard Flaherty.
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The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against detention center and medical staff negligence and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.