Macomb County just executed a guy for unpaid traffic tickets.
It was a very, very slow execution at that--it took seventeen days for David Stojcevski to die.
And the "authorities" watched him the whole time:
Stojcevski was a drug addict, and was taking Methadone, Xanax, and
Klonopin to treat his addiction. But without access to these
prescriptions, he quickly went into withdrawal while in jail, according
to WDIV's expert. Withdrawal caused him to behave irrationally, but jail
officials ignored these obvious symptoms and instead placed him in a
cell for the mentally unstable.
He was stripped naked—so that he
couldn’t hurt himself—and forced to languish under the unceasing bright
lights (the jail doesn’t turn them off, even at night).
At one point, Stojcevski began fighting with another (naked) inmate,
who was then moved out of the cell. Sometime later, completely alone,
Stojcevski could be seen reenacting the fight—a clear sign of
On his last day of life, the man refused to touch his food and was too weak to get up from the floor.
At the first, obvious sign of drug withdrawal, Stojcevski should have
been given adequate medical treatment. He was not a violent criminal,
or a danger to the public. He was a man who hadn’t paid a traffic
Stojcevski’s family is suing Macomb County. A lawyer for the county
told WDIV that the suit “lacks legal merit,” and expects the family to
lose when the case goes to trial. Macomb County has no plans to settle,
according to the lawyer.
We live in Macomb County, and all I have to say to the Stojcevski family is:
I hope you win millions.