Jail didn't save video footage showing cell of man who died

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Posted: May 01, 2016 2:29 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a mentally ill inmate who died at a Virginia jail is criticizing officials' decision not to save video footage captured outside the man's cell in the days leading up to his death.

Lt. Col. Eugene Taylor III, an assistant superintendent at the jail, told the Richmond Times Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1X2hyts) earlier this month that video images outside Jamycheal Mitchell's cell showed him receiving food through a slot in a door.

But when the newspaper sought a copy of the video, it was told it no longer exists.

Taylor says the video wasn't saved because it didn't show any type of criminality or negligence.

Mark Krudys, an attorney representing Mitchell's family, said it's inappropriate for jail officials to make that decision on their own.