MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The Justice Department is releasing hundreds of documents for the first time in the death of an inmate inside the Macomb County Jail.
David Stojcevski’s death sparked a national debate on the treatment of inmates after the Local 4 Defenders aired video of his final days, which included agonizing suffering due to withdrawal from doctor-prescribed medications.
Now, more than three years later, his family is getting some answers and raising new questions.
It was classified information until now, as information comes out about what the FBI discovered while investigating Stojcevski’s death.
“He didn’t need to die,” said Stephanie Stojcevski, David Stojcevski’s mother. “There was no reason for it. No, the hospital is five minutes away. … My David died on the floor, and he lost 50 pounds, and I’ll never have my David back.”
Stephanie Stojcevski said she cries for the loss of her son and fights for justice in his death.
Video showed David Stojcevski shaking, naked on a jail floor, twitching and seizing for days until he died.
He was in jail for failure to pay $700 in fines. He died as guards watched on camera.
“They watched my son die for 13-14 days,” Stephanie Stojcevski said. “I don’t know why they don’t respond. Do they have a heart? How do they sleep at night? Do they have kids?”
The FBI found that David Stojcevski had no food his last five days of life. He lay on the jail floor twitching for his last 48 hours without any visits from the jail medical staff.
Multiple guards said they were worried and asked the medical staff to help David Stojcevski, but were repeatedly told he was fine and that it was normal for a person detoxing from opioid addiction.
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