New video of North Carolina prisoner before his death

John Neville, 56, was being held on an assault charge in a Winston-Salem jail when he fell from bed and responding staff detained him in a way that prompted him to say, “I can’t breathe.”
1:29 | 08/05/20

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Back here at home tonight, new surveillance and body camera images reveal a death of a prisoner in North Carolina. The prisoner heard saying "I can't breathe." Five corrections officers and a nurse tonight facing chafrjs. And we warn you, the video is disturbing. Here's Steve osunsami. I can't breathe! I can't breathe! Reporter: The disturbing images tonight from a jail in winston-salem, North Carolina, come with an apology from the sheriff who runs it. 56-year-old John Neville was being held in December on an assault charge when he fell from a bed and staff at the jail responded. You see that here. Doing your blood pressure. Reporter: Things took a turn when they put a bag over his head. Put him in handcuffs and tried to move him to another cell for observation. They tied him up in a such a way that he screamed that he couldn't breathe. I can't breathe! Reporter: They tried to unlock the handcuffs but couldn't, and needed bolt cutters to get them off. He tells them again and again that he's trg trouble breathing and more than once, the guards refuse to believe him. I can't breathe. You're talking, you're yelling. Reporter: He died days later in a hospital. A nurse and five detention officers who've been fired are charged tonight with involuntary manslaughter. I apologize again for what took place on that day. Reporter: A medical examiner says he ultimately died from a brain injury that was caused by the way he was being restrained. His family is suing. All right, Steve, thank you.

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