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Footage confirms Rikers Island guard ignored diabetic inmate’s request for help before dying

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Security footage shows guards at Rikers Island in New York ignoring — and even stepping over — a 45-year-old diabetic prisoner during his imprisonment, despite his request for medical attention.

The footage, which was posted by the New York Times on Tuesday, also shows the prisoner, Carlos Mercado, carrying a plastic bag with him, which he used to hold his vomit. Mercado reportedly threw up on several occasions after being arrested in August 2013 for allegedly trying to sell heroin to an undercover police officer.

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The New York State Commission of Correction determined late last month that prison officials were to blame for Mercado’s death inside a holding pen, where he was placed with 14 other prisoners.

The video also corroborates the commission’s statement that Corrections Officer Eric Jacobs stepped over Mercado as he lay on the floor, ignoring his request for help. Mercado can be seen collapsing as officers opened the door to his cell at 10:45 p.m. on the night of his arrest, nearly four hours after he was taken in. He died the following morning from a lack of insulin.

The New York Daily News reported that Jacobs has been cited twice for “improper reporting of use of force” and once for insubordination during his stint at the prison. He also told investigators that Mercado “must have given some indication that he was alright,” but could not remember Mercado making such a statement.

The report said that Jacobs, along with colleagues Maurice Brown, Brian Chin and Reginald Faulkner, lied to investigators to cover up their actions and broke prison rules concerning inmate care.

Mercado’s family filed a lawsuit against the city last year. Their attorney, David Rankin, is reportedly negotiating a settlement in the matter. Think Progress noted that the city paid a $17.5 million settlement to the family of another diabetic inmate, Jose Vargas, after he suffered brain damage stemming from a lack of insulin.

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Watch the video, as posted by the Times, below.


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Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report

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Oglala Sioux protesters were arrested protesting against President Donald Trump's Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore on Friday.

The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.

The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.

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WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore

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Police in camouflage fatigues and riot gear faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.

"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."

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Trump impersonator hilariously previews the president’s Mount Rushmore speech

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On Friday, musician and Trump impersonator J-L Cauvin posted a video satirically previewing the president's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore.

"The Democrats want you to wear masks, but we don't need masks," said Cauvin, impersonating Trump's New York accent. "Everybody's feeling great — stop coughing! Everybody's feeling great. So healthy. Such great health."

"Democrats want to kill you and silence you," he continued.

He then delivered a parody rant against removing statues, which sources report Trump will make a central point of his speech. "Thomas Jefferson, that's another one they hate. Everyone makes mistakes, but he had African-American girlfriends!"

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