Mental Health Patient Relocated to Detention Center Results in Death

Jamal Sutherland was a 31-year old diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. Jamal was admitted into a behavioral health facility due to his mental health. After he attacked another patient, police were called. When he was arrested, officers were told to take him to jail instead of another secure treatment facility, according to Scott and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. Scott said the employees made the decision, Summey cites someone from EMS. Jamal died the next morning. It took South Carolina Law Enforcement five months to release the body-cam video. The graphic video shows six jailors barking commands at Sutherland while tasing him multiple times and kneeling on his back on Jan. 5 at the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston. Charleston’s Black Lives Matter organizer Mike McDonald said that without pressure from activists, authorities would have attempted to sweep the body-cam video under the rug and the two officers probably would not have been fired. More of this story here.