Jawara Henry

Jawara HenryName: Jawara Henry
Died: Dec. 4, 2010
Age at death: 27
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Staten Island, New York, USA

Details:
Jawara was a resident at a Staten Island mental health unit. His parents often noticed signs of abuse when they visited him–a burn mark, a cut. When they questioned Jawara’s caretakers, they were assured that Jawara was in good hands.

When Jawara had a meltdown, staff restrained him, pushing his hands behind his back and getting on top of him, making it impossible for Jawara to breathe. He died of suffocation from compression of his chest and neck.

References:
Supervisor to avoid jail in death of Staten Island mental health patient; family protests
Parents of dead Staten Island autistic man liken abuse to infamous Willowbrook
Psych facility staffer strangled patient

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