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Family Seeks Justice After Video Shows Incident Before Inmate Shaheen Mackey’s Death

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The family of 41-year-old Shaheen Mackey has released a portion of a video taken by the county that they say shows what caused his death in June of 2018.

Mackey was brought to the Luzerne County prison on June 6, 2018 for allegedly violating a Protection from Abuse order. Later that same day he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

In the autopsy report for Shaheen Mackey, a forensic pathologist says that Mackey died from natural causes. His family says it’s clear in the video what caused his death.

Mackey’s family says correction officers at the Luzerne County prison failed to properly address his epilepsy and instead he was physically restrained, tased multiple times, and unproperly cared for.

Mackey’s daughter, Tatiyanee said, “How do you give someone CPR in a chair? Anyone who knows anything about CPR, you gotta lay them down flat, tilt their head. Did anybody see that? They did that after his body was limp in a chair”

The Luzerne County district attorney cleared the officers involved in restraining Mackey of any criminal wrong doing.

Luzerne County officials reached a $3 million dollar settlement with the family to resolve a federal lawsuit.

The county manager Dave Pedri released a statement that reads in part:

“LCCF and the county have taken a number of steps since June 2018, including the implementation of a more thorough medical screening upon intake, increased training for corrections officers around detecting and responding to inmate medical episodes and enhanced reporting protocols.”

The family says they hope to prevent future incidents like this from happening.

“Accountability that’s what we want… Justice… Justice,” says Tatiyanee.

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