Jamal Sutherland

Coroner: Jail death of Black man changed to a homicide

A coroner has changed the death certificate of a mentally ill Black man who died in a South Carolina jail earlier this year to say he died by homicide. Attorneys for Jamal Sutherland’s relatives said Tuesday that the certificate originally indicated his manner of death was “undetermined.”

Mother of Jamal Sutherland speaks out about her son’s death

Jamal Sutherland was a mentally ill man killed in police custody back in January. Since then, his death has become the latest battleground in the fight over the treatment of Black people by law enforcement. His mother told ABC News she hopes the tragic event sparks a conversation about how we treat those with mental illness.