December 13, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say there is a video of
the final moments of an 18-year-old who died at a West Palm Beach
juvenile detention center.
Eric Perez died last Sunday after falling ill. His mother says
she was told the teen began hallucinating and vomiting. He was
moved to a room where officials could watch him more closely but
his condition deteriorated. An ambulance was called but Perez was
reportedly dead when they arrived.
A spokeswoman for the state Department of Juvenile Justice says
four lockup workers have been suspended and two fired. The
department's inspector general and police are investigating Perez's
While there is video of the incident, it may not be made public.
A new law makes it illegal for agencies to release photos or
recordings of a death.
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