Lawsuit filed after man dies after having seizure, being restrained in jail

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. – The family of a 57-year-old South Carolina man has filed a lawsuit against county officials after he was pronounced dead in jail.

According to the lawsuit, an inmate at the Greenville County Detention Center found Charles Johnson on the ground, foaming at the mouth.

After alerting an employee, Johnson was placed in a restraint chair.

According to WSPA, one staff member believed he was having a seizure but another believed his actions were behavioral.

Surveillance cameras were rolling as Johnson could be seen jerking in the chair.

The lawsuit alleges that he was left alone for 56 minutes and was later found unresponsive.

“We cannot wrap our heads around why Mr. Johnson was restrained,” Robert Jones, the family’s attorney, said.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office says it will not comment during pending litigation.