Jawara Henry

Portrait photo of a young man with dark skin and very short black hair, wearing a white collared shirt. His expression is neutral.Name: Jawara Henry
Died: Dec. 4, 2010
Age at death: 27
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Staten Island, New York, USA

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.

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