Sgt. James Brown was an active duty soldier who was able to survive two tours of duty in Iraq, but somehow he was unable to survive a two-day DWI sentence in 2012 in the El Paso County Jail in Texas. Recently, a graphic video was released showing the confusing and terrifying last minutes of Brown’s life.
KFOX reports that Brown, who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, could be scene thrashing about in his cell as officers in riot gear are scene grabbing him. After officers subdue him, Brown appears to offer not resistance, and he is placed in a spit mask.
He is given two shots of the sedative lorazepam. Around 35 minutes later, Brown can audibly be heard telling officers that he can’t breathe. He begs for water, and he is eventually given a small cup that is half full of water before being taken back to his cell. His breathing becomes worse, and he lay unresponsive on the cell floor. He is pronounced dead a short time later.
Brown had reported to serve a two-day DUI sentence, but after one night in jail, he called his mother to pay the fine so that he could be released. His mother paid the fine before morning, but by then, Brown was dead.