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Family of diabetic man who died in jail wants answers

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Robert Brown was in tears when he talked about his 41-year-old son Douglass Brown.

"My son went into jail walking. He was in full control of his body and he was carried out," said Brown.

Douglass Brown was booked into the Fulton County jail on Oct. 8, 2013, 11 days later Brown was found dead inside his cell.

His family hired attorney Mawuli Mel Davis.

"It's not a death sentence for you to be behind on child support. You should be able to walk out of the jail," said Davis.

Douglass Brown worked as a bouncer, he was an army veteran and a father of two. His attorney Brian Spears said he also lived with a medical condition.

"Diabetes is a disease that is treatable. Death by diabetes is not necessary. Death by diabetes for this man was a crime," said Spears.

Brown's family and supporters said jail deputies and the medical staff run by Corizon Correctional Healthcare did not give him his medicine.

"The eyewitness we spoke with said he saw him [Douglass Brown] having a seizure. Yet no medical attention was provided. The allegation was that he was faking," said Davis.

Davis said that's what jail officials told the medical examiner.

"The allegation that Brown refused treatments is absurd when you have someone having a seizure," Davis said. "He wasn't able to ask for treatment because he was going through a medical crisis. That is what has not been addressed."

Fulton County Jail spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan issued this statement:

"Mr. Douglass Brown suffered from chronic illnesses at the time of his death. There are no indications of negligence by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. Medical services are provided by a vendor and security rounds were conducted in compliance with policies and procedures in the area where Mr. Brown was housed."

Flanagan said privacy laws prevent her from releasing more information, but Brown's family wants answers and someone held accountable.

"This shouldn't happen to anybody," said Robert Brown.

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