He was ignored. He was told he was lying. 15 hours after he reached New York City’s Rikers Island he was dead. Rikers Island diabetes death: Shocking video shows Carlos Mercado dying as guards did nothing.
When Mr. Mercado told one guard he was diabetic, the guard responded (no doubt based on his extensive medical training) “No, you are not diabetic, you are withdrawing from heroin.” Turns out the guard was wrong, and the dead guy was right.
Even after guards finally woke up to the fact that he needed medical attention, a nurse said not critical. An hour after the nurse made that pronouncement, he was dead.
None of the Keystone Cops involved in this will get so much as a slap on the wrist. That’s my prediction anyway. And even if it looks like someone will get something besides “administrative leave” the unions will cry foul and get the results overturned.
Watch the video. It is 2 and half minutes.