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Sgt. James Brown, 26, Survived Two Tours in Iraq Only to Die Begging for His Life in Texas Jail

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Video shows an African-American soldier's dying moments: he checked into El Paso jail for a 2 day DUI sentence then died in custody. Authorities claimed Sgt. James Brown died due to pre-existing medical conditions; video shows guards swarming on top of him as he repeatedly says he can’t breathe, appearing not to resist. He is then  shown naked, not blinking or responding, his breathing shallow; ambulance was never called. His family suspected foul play in his death, received little information from authorities, and filed a lawsuit against El Paso County. 

Attorney B.J. CROW: When a 26-year-old active military person checks in to jail for a court-imposed sentence on a Friday, and he leaves Sunday in a casket, something went horribly wrong there. He was bleeding out the ears, the nose, the mouth; kidneys shut down; blood pressure dropped to dangerous levels; his liver shut down. 

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I think, although it might have cost him a US Senate seat, in retrospective, Beto was right in a remark (now quoting Associated Press' Fact Check) made at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black college outside Houston, in which he used the phrase "new Jim Crow" while discussing the need for criminal justice reform. He described a prison system after the emancipation of slaves in 1865 that treated blacks unjustly and said problems "continue to persist today."

At the event, O'Rourke went on to say: "That system of suspecting somebody, solely based on the color of their skin. Searching that person solely based on the color of their skin. Stopping that person, solely based on the color of their skin. Shooting that person, solely based on the color of their skin. Throwing the book at that person, letting them rot behind bars, solely based on the color of their skin. It is why, some have called this, and I think it is an apt description, the new Jim Crow."

O'Rourke has also used "Jim Crow" while discussing the war on drugs, including at a town hall at a black church on Sept. 14 in Dallas. O'Rourke, who supports marijuana legalization, railed against the impact it has had on the black community.

"This justification for taking the lives of people, and disproportionately people of color on illegal drugs in this country has rightfully been called the new Jim Crow. It has kept people out of civic life in this country," he said.

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