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Detainee dies after being found unconscious in cell in Saitama Prefecture

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A 54-year-old man being held in detention at a police station in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, died after being found unconscious in his cell on Saturday.

According to police, the man was in detention after his arrest for violation of the Stimulants Control Law, Kyodo News reported Sunday. An officer found the man unconscious in his cell at around 1:10 p.m. Saturday. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said the man complained of feeling unwell on the night of Dec 19. He was taken to hospital but judged well enough to be returned to the police station.

Police said he was given medication for a chronic illness but did not provide further details.

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Ya gotta believe that the coppers caused his death!! They have no sense of responsibility for their detainees.

Their attitude is... hey, someone died? Well, whatever.... not our problem.

-13 ( +14 / -27 )

There is altogether too much of this. Someone posted that in 2021, no less than 810 people died in detention. Since then, apparently they have stopped releasing the figures. How about an investigation into this, powers that be?

-3 ( +13 / -16 )

Too many people die in police detention in Japan.

It seems to be a death sentence.

-5 ( +14 / -19 )

Let me guess, a doctor did not do a health check on this detainee? Things like this are borderline third world level stuff. Do better Japan.

According to police, the man was in detention after his arrest for violation of the Stimulants Control Law

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deanzaZZRToday  09:29 am JST

Let me guess, a doctor did not do a health check on this detainee? Things like this are borderline third world level stuff. Do better Japan.

From the article which you may not have read:

Police said the man complained of feeling unwell on the night of Dec 19. He was taken to hospital but judged well enough to be returned to the police station.

Police said he was given medication for a chronic illness but did not provide further details.

Who do think gave him medication for a chronic illness? Father Christmas?

13 ( +15 / -2 )

Again? Now it's in Saitama.

Before in Aichi

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/diabetic-detainee-dies-in-police-custody-after-not-eating-for-3-days-or-being-given-medication

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Osaka

https://www.osaka.com/info/osaka-news/police-under-suspicion-this-week-in-osaka-december-16th-to-december-23rd-2022/

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Saga

https://www.newsdirectory3.com/why-a-young-man-with-an-intellectual-disability-lost-his-life-after-being-subdued-by-a-police-officer-on-his-usual-way-home/

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That's how Japan hostage justice system works

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/why-do-people-spend-so-long-in-jail-without-going-to-trial-in-japan

-9 ( +11 / -20 )

Well, since they tried taking him to the hospital, short of extraordinary circumstances what happens next can be blamed on the health services instead of the police.

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It is not at all unusual, and actually quite common, for those nearing death to behave in such an irrational way as to run afoul of the law.

This is the reality as to why people in custody have a slightly higher death rate than do the average law abiding citizens, and it is not due to any negligence or malfeasance on the part of police officers tasked with keeping us all safe that we may enjoy the benefits of a productive society.

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DanielsanToday 11:17 am JST

It is not at all unusual, and actually quite common, for those nearing death to behave in such an irrational way as to run afoul of the law.

This is the reality as to why people in custody have a slightly higher death rate than do the average law abiding citizens, and it is not due to any negligence or malfeasance on the part of police officers tasked with keeping us all safe that we may enjoy the benefits of a productive society.

Huh? No the weeks of isolation and interrogation are what lead to a higher death rate. Once someone is in police custody, they are the state's responsibility, so they better be damn careful with how they treat them. Alot of this could be solved by allowing immediate access to a lawyer.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

810 deaths in custody in Japanese police detention centers in 2021, 391 deaths in custody in 2019, 358 deaths in 2018, and 327 deaths in 2017

The Japanese government stopped releasing numbers in 2021.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

The Japanese government stopped releasing numbers in 2021.

This is the most outrageous part. It's like something you'd expect of China. As soon as the stats don't look good, stop announcing the stats. Should be a public outrage over this. All data should be available.

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Medical malpractice at its finest. Anything with drugs they should be hospitalized until the drug effects pass. Absolutely common sense for 99% of the world. Wonder if the doctor did any blood tests, heart check, even touched the man. What a wasted life and the police to rush him to jail should also be considered in this case but doctors clearly were neglectful releasing the man without a full bill of health.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

We will have to wait to discover why he died.

Because he has been neglected. A disgrace of a police force, and a disgrace of law.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Japan still has many hotbeds of human rights violation, government has no intention to solve them.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

In this case, there doesn’t seem to be a wrong doing if he was checked by doctors. However, the commentators saying that too many people in detention, or under the police custody, are dying in japan is a fact. I don’t understand why they get voted down. The truth seems like hard to swallow for many unless it happens to themselves. It’s scary to know the fact that if you get arrested for any reason, there’s a good chance you may not be coming out.

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リッチToday  03:42 pm JST

Medical malpractice at its finest. Anything with drugs they should be hospitalized until the drug effects pass. Absolutely common sense for 99% of the world. Wonder if the doctor did any blood tests, heart check, even touched the man. What a wasted life and the police to rush him to jail should also be considered in this case but doctors clearly were neglectful releasing the man without a full bill of health.

> I completely agree with everything you've just said. I know people who have been to jail here with health issues, whom have been to see "a doctor" and they've all said the doctors just looked at them for like 5 minutes, made sure their blood pressure wasn't too high, you know, made sure they were breathing, and sent them back into custody. One was a friend who has asthma and he was complaining about being interrogated for extended periods of time because his chest hurt and the police just said "You're faking it. Where is your medication?", as if he planned to get arrested that day. ---He was arrested in a case of mistaken identity, by the way, and the entire police department apologized to him. I went to pick him up that day.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Unfortunately drug users can die from a bad batch of their drug. It is mixed with many things by the cartels.

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