On June 29th, 17 year old Eric Perez was out riding his bike in West Palm Beach, Florida. Police stopped him for riding his bike without a night-light. During a search, police found marijuana on Eric.
During his time at a detention center – where he was sent due to being on probation for a “years-old” robbery charge – Eric began complaining of a headache and started vomiting. Despite calling for help repeatedly, Eric was left to suffer for 6 hours before finally getting medical attention. By then it was too late…Eric was dead.
Records say lockup supervisors and the facility’s superintendent instructed staff not to call 911.
An incredible tragedy, not only caused by the incompetence of the detention center staff, but also caused by our ridiculous cannabis laws, which put this teenager in his tomb because he had some weed on him, violating his probation.
Without cannabis prohibition, there is a pretty good chance Eric would still be alive. After all, left to his own devices, the instinct of self-preservation would likely have prompted Eric to call 911 or at least get someone to do it for him – a loved one perhaps that cared about him and not some detention guard or supervisor who could care less.