DOJ: Macomb County Jail inmate death case lacks sufficient evidence for criminal charges
David Stojcevski died in cell at Macomb County Jail
DETROIT – The Department of Justice announced there is not enough evidence to move forward with a criminal investigation against Macomb County in the case of a county jail inmate's death in 2014.
It has been more than two years since David Stojcevski died while in custody at the Macomb County Jail.
Stojcevski, 32, was serving a 30-day careless driving sentence when he died in June 2014. The Local 4 Defenders obtained the 240 hours of in-cell video that shows Stojcevski expressing signs of drug withdrawals. He lost close to 50 pounds in 17 days, but Sheriff Wickersham said it's not his deputies' fault. Their job is to notify medical staff of an inmate in medical trouble. The sheriff said they did that on numerous occasions.
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Stojcevski's family was suing on allegations that the jail employees failed to respond to Stojcevski's medical needs.
Wickersham predicted an FBI investigation, which was announced last year, would go nowhere.
The Department of Justice wrote a letter to Stojcevski's parents last week, which reads in part:
After a thorough and exhaustive review of all the facts relating to your son's death, we have determined that the evidence does not support a federal criminal civil rights prosecution. The federal criminal civil rights statutes that we enforce carry a very high burden of proof that cannot be met in this case. Specifically, the available evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the deputies and medical personnel who were responsible for the care of your son acted with the requisite criminal intent."
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