Footage showing the moments leading up to the in-custody death of a Black man who died at a South Carolina jail in early January was released by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, May 13.
Jamal Sutherland, a 31-year-old Black man who suffered from mental illness, died on Jan. 5 at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston after deputies used pepper spray and Tasers to forcibly remove him from his cell for a bail hearing.
Two of the deputies involved in Sutherland’s death were fired Monday by Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano.
Detention Sgt. Lindsay Fickett and Detention Deputy Brian Houle used pepper spray and electric shocks to force Sutherland from his cell, body camera and surveillance footage shows.
“I must weigh the interest of public safety for the community against any incident that creates even the perception of an impairment to the operation of the …