Family: 35-year-old died in detention center after being pepper-sprayed
A family is rallying for a loved one who they say died at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn Wednesday.
News 12 is told 35-year-old Jamel Floyd died Wednesday morning after he was pepper-sprayed by staff at the center.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, staff responded to an inmate being disruptive.
They say staff saw Floyd barricaded inside of his cell and breaking the cell door window with a metal object.
News 12 is told once Floyd became disruptive and harmful to himself and others, staff sprayed him with pepper spray and removed him from his cell.
The bureau said when Floyd became unresponsive, medical staff initiated lifesaving measures before he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Floyd's family believes he died due to the pepper spray because he was asthmatic.
Bureau of Prisons says Floyd's death is not believed to be related to COVID-19.
His family says Floyd was set to be released within the next four months. He had been incarcerated in the detention center since October of last year.
Floyd's mother says she still has not been notified by the detention center of his death. She said she found out about it on social media.
The family now says they want to know where Floyd's body is and for it to be released to them. Many came out to the Metropolitan Detention Center Thursday in support of the family, demanding medical records.
"They claim he had a heart attack. They lied. They all lied. The truth will come out. The truth will show," says his father James Floyd.
The United States Department of Justice has said they will publicly disclose the findings of their investigation, consistent with applicable laws.
Many say they will return to protest outside the metropolitan detention center again on Friday.