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Rikers Inmate Who Slit Own Throat Is 13th To Die In Jail: Advocates

NEW YORK CITY — A Rikers Island inmate who slit his personal throat — and bled out while guards failed to act for 10 minutes — is the 13th inmate to die within the troubled jail this year, in line with advocates and experiences.

Michael Nieves, 40, was taken off life assist and died Tuesday, days after tried to take his personal life, the New York Times first reported.

The dying got here a day after high metropolis elected officers gave the jail a shock inspection and declared, whereas noting many lasting issues, its circumstances have been not “atrocious.”

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Advocates blasted the Department of Correction after the New York Times reported two uniformed officers and a captain watched for not less than 10 minutes as Nieves bled out.

“The reports that New York City’s uniformed correction officers stood idly and watched Michael Nieves, our client, end his life are infuriating and tragic, but not surprising,” attorneys with The Legal Aid Society said in a statement.

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Nieves had severe mental illness and previously tried to take his own life, according to advocates and the Times report.

Advocates with Campaign Zero, who have declared their support for a potential federal takeover of the jail, noted it’s not the first time this year guards have been accused of watching an inmate die.

The jail is broken beyond repair and suspending a few bad officers is not a serious response, said DeRay McKesson, executive director for Campaign Zero.

“Installing a federal receiver and stripping control away from a department incapable of fulfilling its responsibilities is the only humane path forward,” he stated in a press release. “Michael Nieves deserved higher than the remedy he acquired at Rikers Island.”


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