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Nov 07, 2013

video-evidence-man-cell-died-police-custody-allergy-pot-charges-marijuana-cannabis-arrest-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy Travis Gettys, Raw Story

Videotape finally obtained by the family of a Washington man who died while in police custody on a misdemeanor drug charge appears to support their claims that he’d raised concerns about the breakfast that ultimately killed him.

Michael Saffioti, 22, turned himself in July 2, 2012, on an outstanding warrant after missing a court appearance for marijuana possession.

The following morning, as inmates were served breakfast, Saffioti can be seen on surveillance video holding his tray and standing near the guard’s desk.

Saffioti suffered from a severe dairy allergy, and the video shows him taking a few bites of oatmeal after speaking to the guard, servers and other inmates.

The video, which Saffioti’s family were told in November 2012 did not exist after filing a request, shows Saffioti a few minutes later back at the guard’s desk, using his inhaler.

He was sent back to his cell, although attorneys for Saffioti’s family claim he requested to see a nurse.

The video shows other inmates looking into Saffioti’s cell over the next half hour as he jumped up and down, and his family claims he pressed the call button for assistance but was ignored.

A guard found Saffioti unconscious in his cell about 35 minutes after he ate breakfast and nurses attempted life-saving maneuvers until an ambulance arrived, and he was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Saffioti’s family filed a $10 million lawsuit Oct. 2, claiming the inmate was denied adequate and timely medical care and a special diet tray while he was held in Snohomish County Jail.

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