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New York City's Jails See Two Deaths in Single Week

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23.09.2021

Jail

Scott Shackford | 9.23.2021 1:35 PM

In less than a week, two men have died in custody in New York City's jails.

On Sunday, Isaabdul Karim, 42, died in an infirmary while in detention on Rikers Island. Officials say they believe he died of "natural causes," but the medical examiner has yet to make an official determination. According to The Intercept, Karim became infected with COVID-19 while held in the jail's intake pens. It's not clear whether he was vaccinated, but he also had underlying medical conditions and was in a wheelchair. He reportedly appeared to be recovering from COVID but then suddenly collapsed. CPR was not able to revive him.

On Wednesday, Stephan Khadu, 24, died while being held at the Vernon C. Bain Center, a floating barge-turned-jail docked near Rikers. Khadu's death is still under investigation. A representative from the jail wardens' union has said that Khadu had a history of seizures at the jail. He told The New York Times that medical staff responded quickly to his latest seizure even though an elevator at the jail wasn't........

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