John Davenport

Davenport, JohnName: John David Davenport.
Died: September 13, 2018.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Death in jail custody.
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA.

Details:
John lived in community housing with caregivers that came in every day to help him. Kenyon Savage, one of John’s aides, remembers John as “…being so happy and [having] so much joy for life.” John loved singing along to music, and his favorite television show was “Sesame Street”.

When he had a meltdown, however, another caregiver called the police for the second time in a week. Kenyon questions why the police were even called; he says that John was not a violent man; he might injure himself, but he would never fight anyone else except in self-defense.

Police arrested John for refusing to follow orders and spitting on officers when they began manhandling him. He was locked in a jail cell. When he had been in jail about two days, police say they simply found him lying on the floor with severe head injuries. He died the next day.

The cause of John’s head injuries is not yet known.

References:
Former Care Giver Of Man With Autism Speaks About His Arrest And Death
Police video shows Fort Smith man with autism being arrested
Company who cared for disabled man who was arrested and died answers questions
Arrest Video Of A Mentally Disabled Man That Died After Sustaining Injuries In Sebastian Co. Jail Released

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