Michael Sabbie Died in an Arkansas Jail Cell in July

Michael Sabbie Died in an Arkansas Jail Cell in July

Michael Sabbie is another person who died while in a jail cell in July, this time in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Published August 4, 2015

Stories about people dying in police custody continue to surface. The FBI is joining the investigation into the death of Michael Sabbie, an African-American man who was found unresponsive in a cell at the Bi-State Justice Center by himself in Texarkana, Arkansas, on Wednesday, July 22. 

"I don't believe that he should have went the way he went. We have no answers. Nobody has told us anything yet, I really don't understand," said his twin brother Marcus Sabbie to KSLA.

The 35-year-old man had reportedly been arrested for domestic assault, TXKToday reports. Around 6:30 p.m., the facility's personnel found him unresponsive. Staff performed CPR on Sabbie and called paramedics, according to the Texarkana Police Department. He was pronounced dead at the jail shortly after. 

Sabbie's family laid him to rest Monday, but many questions surrounding what happened to him in his final hours linger. Local authorities performed an autopsy and an initial investigation before the FBI was brought int o to take up the case. 

Sources close to the investigation say that Sabbie was sprayed with a chemical agent while in jail, though no official information has been released yet. 

Sabbie's final status on his Facebook page was a heartfelt message to his children on July 19.  

"Thank God for my kids they keep me going and give me the most love..."

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(Photo: Michael Sabbie via Facebook)

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