29-Year-Old Mississippi Man Found Dead in Police Custody

Jamal Mallard WAPT
Jamal Mallard

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of a 29-year-old man who died while in police custody in a downtown Jackson jail, WAPT reports.

“We have had an incident occur here at the Jackson Jail, and we want to be as transparent as we can about it,” Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said, according to the news staiton.

Jamal Mallard, 29, was found unresponsive in a holding cell early Sunday morning and was pronounced dead shortly afterward. “He was found on the floor of one of our holding cells. [American Medical Response] was called. Once he arrived, they pronounced the individual dead,” Vance said.

Mallard’s mother, Nanette Mallard, is now demanding answers about her son’s death.

On Saturday night, Mallard was chased by police for allegedly stealing a lawn mower. He escaped, but hours later officers were tipped off that Mallard was at his home.

“I called them to come pick my child up,” Nanette Mallard acknowledged. “The next thing I know, he’s dead. I feel terrible. If he would have stayed here, he probably would still be alive.

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Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS