Bi-State Jail Texas
Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department TAPD
Last updated: about 2 months ago
“I can’t breathe.”
Michael Sabbie ― a 35-year-old stay-at-home father of four ― said it after five guards piled on top of him inside the Bi State Jail, a facility that sits directly on the border between Texas and Arkansas and is run by a for-profit company.
“I can’t breathe.” Sabbie ― who packed his kids’ lunches, drove them to and from school, and carted them around to their after-school activities ― said it again after a sixth officer pepper-sprayed him as he lay on the concrete floor.
“I can’t breathe, sir. Please! Please!” Sabbie ― who wrote a Facebook post thanking God for his kids just hours before his arrest ― said it again as guards held him up against a wall outside of the nurse’s station.
“I can’t breathe,” Sabbie said again after he was forced into the shower. “I can’t breathe,” Sabbie repeated, echoing the final words of another black father, 43-year-old Eric Garner, who died in New York in July 2014 as the result of an officer’s illegal chokehold.
A remarkable 169-page order issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 laid out the extensive evidence of neglect and mismanagement of the Bi-State Jail, which is run by the for-profit company LaSalle Corrections.
On April 19, 2019, the AP reports that an undisclosed settlement was reached yesterday in a federal lawsuit over the death of a man in a for-profit jail in Texarkana.
https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2019/04/17/settlement-reached-in-lawsuit-over-prisoners-death-in-texarkana added Apr 19, 2019
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jail-death-cant-breathe-michael-sabbie_n_5c829bece4b08d5b78613f82 added Mar 12, 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw9hnHVYcn0 added May 25, 2017
https://www.facebook.com/KilledByPolice/posts/1088797647815038 added Oct 06, 2016
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/michael-sabbie-jail-deaths-bi-state-jail-bowie-county_us_57f2ab41e4b024a52d304102 added Oct 06, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLW9oWnedck added Oct 06, 2016
http://www.ktbs.com/story/29627660/fbi-to-investigate-texarkana-inmates-death added Oct 06, 2016
https://mic.com/articles/156013/michael-sabbie-said-i-can-t-breathe-19-times-before-he-died-in-arkansas-prison#.aruoG1zYR added Oct 06, 2016
http://www.africanseer.com/news/world/500320-video-shows-texas-father-screaming-when-cop-pepper-sprays-him-before-dying-in-cell.html added Oct 06, 2016
https://theobamacrat.com/2015/08/03/michael-todd-sabbie-35-of-texarkana-ark-found-dead-wednesday-july-22-2015-in-texarkana-jail/ added Oct 06, 2016