#JamelFloyd trends after black inmate is pepper-sprayed to death in New York prison
In light of George Floyd's death, the man who was killed by disgraced ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who kneeled on his neck, other cases and examples of police brutality are not escaping the public eye. It has been a little more than a week since the tragic passing of George Floyd who died due to police brutality after repeatedly saying he was unable to breathe in a viral video that sparked nationwide outrage and protests. Now, another name is starting to trend on Twitter -- Jamel Floyd, an inmate at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York who died after he was pepper-sprayed by prison officers on Wednesday, June 3, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson revealed.
As the news of the death of Jamel Floyd spread, many outraged social media users took to Twitter to express their anger and frustration at extreme police brutality. One such user wrote, "Has anyone ever heard of someone dying from pepper spray? I can't even fathom how much would have to be used to take someone's life. #JamelFloyd #BLM #f**kracists." Another user shared, "I’m still gonna say it anyways. #JamelFloyd was pepper-sprayed to death, in his own prison cell. A prisoner, in his cell, pepper-sprayed to death. F**king hell, the American penal system showing its colors, huh?"
"Another man murdered today. Killed by a racist, inhumane prison system. He was in a state of mental distress and prison guards PEPPER SPRAYED HIM TO DEATH. #JamelFloyd" commented another. While a fourth added, "Corrections officers killed Jamel Floyd, who was only 35 years old at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. They pepper-sprayed him until he was unconscious. Enough is enough. #JamelFloyd #NoJusticeNoPeace." Meanwhile, another outraged user wrote, "This tells you so much about the rot in our system of incarceration. The @BureauOfPrisons pepper-sprayed #JamelFloyd because he might be 'potentially harmful to himself' — then he died."
In a statement, the spokesperson said that officers at the Sunset Park lockup responded to Jamel Floyd's cell at around 10 am after he had shattered his cell door window using a metal object. Officers then proceeded to spray him as an attempt to subdue him when he passed out. Medical staff at the prison attempted to administer first aid but soon called a local EMS, who transported Jamel to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Bureau of Prisons said that the cause of his death was not immediately released but had definitely not been caused by Covid-19.
Jail sources say that Jamel died after suffering a heart attack, reports Daily News. The agency revealed in a statement, "The FBI and the United States Marshals Service were notified. No staff or other inmates were injured." The inmate had been locked up at the prison since last year in October, the agency revealed. The charges against him are not too clear or known.