Family files lawsuit after man jailed for unpaid traffic ticket dies in cell

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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. — The family of a man who died in a Michigan jail last June, after being arrested for failing to pay a traffic ticket, has filed a lawsuit against Macomb County for wrongful death, according to the Huffington Post.

David Stojcevski, 32, was arrested for failing to pay a $772 traffic ticket.

The lawsuit claims that deputies denied Stojcevski the medications he had been prescribed to manage his drug withdrawal and watched as he withered away for 17 days.

The suit alleges that medical officers knew that Stojcevski needed to take Xanax, Klonopin and Oxycodone when he was booked. However, the suit claims, the drugs were never given to Stojcevski, even when he was found “twitching on the floor” and asked for treatment.

Instead of receiving medical care for his withdrawal symptoms, the suit claims Stojcevski was stripped naked for his own safety and placed on suicide watch.

“Defendants … monitored, watched and observed David spend the final ten days of his life suffering excruciating benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms,” according to the suit.

The family filed a lawsuit in March, but more light was shed on the case after WDIV obtained video from Stojcevski’s last moments.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department declined to comment on the case because of the ongoing lawsuit.