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Diabetic Dies in Jail After Being Denied Insulin by Shanieka
Fri Aug 21, 2015 02:09
Michael Robinson
Diabetic Dies in Jail After Being Denied Insulin
by Shanieka Stanton / August 19, 2015 Black Men, Black News, Latest Posts one Comments

By Shanieka Stanton

Michael Robinson’s blood sugar level was allegedly 2,500 mg/dL at the time of his death, more than a hundred times the normal range of 80 to 180 mg/dL. His family is now blaming a Missouri jail for the diabetic’s death on Sunday. The 33 year old was arrested Friday, and taken to Pemiscot County Jail on a warrant for unpaid child support, according to KFVS.

Family members allege that Robinson, who required insulin shots at least twice a day, begged guards for insulin but was denied until he “became so weak he couldn’t hold his head up,” according to reports. Family members told KFVS that Robinson was transported to a hospital Sunday evening and died shortly thereafter.

“Our family plans to fight for answers and justice. We also want to make sure his story changes the lives of anyone who is denied medicines needed to maintain care and stay alive while detained for whatever reason,” Robinson’s brother Antonio wrote on a Facebook page launched by the family to bring attention to the case. They have also started a GoFund Me campaign.

This sad news comes on the heels of other mysterious deaths suffered by African Americans across the country. Ralkina Jones was found dead last week in a Cleveland jail when her jailers allegedly failed to provide her with medication after the 37-year-old advised them of her needs. Last month, Sandra Bland, 28, died in a Texas jail after what many feel was foul play. Her death was ruled a suicide and is currently being contested.

“My brother lost his life because he was denied his insulin while being held for NO Criminal Activity! Now he will never have the chance and we want answers,” Antonio wrote on the social media outlet.

Social media has been paramount in spreading awareness about police brutality against minorities. Recently the Miami Order of the Fraternal Police came under fire for a smear campaign that they launched against a woman who uploaded a video to Facebook of a Miami police officer beating a handcuffed man. That case is under review, and the officer has, for the time being, been suspended while the investigation ensues.

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