Family of Detroit Inmate, David Stojcevski, Who Died Painfully in Custody From Drug Withdrawal Files Lawsuit

Video footage shows David Stojcevski in his Detroit jail cell while he suffered from excruciating withdrawal from medication for his addiction.   CLICK ON DETROIT
Video footage shows David Stojcevski in his Detroit jail cell while he suffered from excruciating withdrawal from medication for his addiction.
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It was supposed to be simple.

David Stojcevski couldn’t pay a $772 fine for a traffic ticket that had turned into an obstruction-of-justice charge, so the 32-year-old would spend a cool 30 days in jail instead.

However, 16 days later, on June 27, 2014, Stojcevski, a drug addict, was dead, 50 pounds lighter, lying naked on his jail cell’s floor after suffering an “excruciatingly painful and slow” withdrawal from his addiction medication, NBC reports. This, despite the fact that his Macomb County Jail cell in Detroit was monitored 24 hours a day by surveillance camera. The graphic footage shows the inmate naked, seemingly convulsing and hallucinating in his final hours.

“This is shameful, substantial and unconscionable neglect,” said Robert Ihrie, senior partner at the law firm that is handling a lawsuit against the county on behalf of the Stojcevski family, according to CBS Detroit.

The family is seeking a “substantial amount” from the county in the wrongful death suit.

Stojcevski, it was confirmed, died of benzodiazepine withdrawal. He was on Xanax, among other medications, including a daily dose of 60 mg of methadone, which CBS notes is normally used to help recovering heroin addicts. The medication was listed on his intake forms, the lawsuit claims.

“He had a potential for withdrawal,” the suit states.

“They know their son had made some mistakes in judgment over the years but … never in their wildest imaginations did they ever think that their son would be carried out essentially in a body bag,” Ihrie told NBC News.

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Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS