The governing body of New Jersey’s Hudson County launched an investigation Wednesday into the death of a Brentwood resident after he was held more than two months in their jail, pending his possible deportation under custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A resolution by the county’s Board of Freeholders, the equivalent of a county legislature, established “an ad hoc committee of the board” alongside medical and professional staff to probe the medical care given the immigration detainee, a county spokesman said.
The man, identified by his lawyer as Rolando Meza Espinoza, of Brentwood, died of internal bleeding and hemorrhagic shock on June 10 at Jersey City Medical Center, two days after he was taken there, said Manuel Portela, a Manhattan-based attorney who was seeking his release and is representing Meza’s family.
Meza, who according to his common-law wife suffered from diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and anemia, had been taken there from the Hudson County Correctional Facility, used by ICE’s New York Field Office to hold immigration detainees in Kearny, New Jersey. He had been picked up by immigration agents on March 28 from a Long Island construction site where he worked.
Meza also was known in ICE’s records as Carlos…
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