African-American Man Dies While in Jackson, Miss., Jail Cell

African-American Man Dies While in Jackson, Miss., Jail Cell

Jamal Mallard, 29, was found dead in a jail cell in Jackson, Miss., Sunday morning.

Published October 13, 2015

Another case of an African-American person dying while in police custody is being reported in Jackson, Mississippi. Jamal Mallard, 29, was found unresponsive in a holding cell at a jail in on Sunday morning. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case. 

"He was found on the floor of one of our holding cells. [American Medical Response] was called. Once he arrived, they pronounced the individual dead," Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said.

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Mallard was arrested and charged with petty larceny after he allegedly stole a lawnmower Saturday night, according to WAPT.com. Police chased Mallard, but he was not caught. Later his mother called police when he had returned home. 

"I called them to come pick my child up," Nanette Mallard said to WAPT. "The next thing I know, he's dead. I feel terrible. If he would have stayed here, he probably would still be alive."

Mallard had been in the cell for two hours when he was found unresponsive. Police say he did not show any signs of health problems or pain before he died. 

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(Photo: WAPT News)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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