Brittany ComakJul 14, 2017, 10:35 amJul 14, 2017, 2:43 pm

NJ officials launch investigation into LI immigrant’s death in ICE custody

Rolando Meza Espinoza reportedly suffered internal bleeding and hemorrhagic shock that led to his death on June 10


A Brentwood man picked up by immigration agents died at a jail in New Jersey last month and now, officials say they are launching an investigation.

Rolando Meza Espinoza reportedly had cirrhosis of the liver, anemia and diabetes, and suffered internal bleeding and hemorrhagic shock that led to his death on June 10. He died in the hospital, where he had been brought two days earlier from the Hudson County Jail.

Now, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise says the county, along with medical professionals, will look into whether or not Espinoza was properly treated for his pre-existing conditions, saying: "Every individual who enters our custody is entitled to all proper medical care. We intend to find out whether that was provided as it should have been in this case."

The 35-year-old was detained by ICE agents on April 1 this year on Long Island. He later died on June 10, according to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

FiOS1 News was there outside the prison in New Jersey after his death when protests broke out.

Espinoza was originally detained by ICE, saying that they had an order to deport him from 2005, and reportedly had him in their records under a different name.

But his attorney says he was not the man they were looking for. "When we met with my client, he described to his attorney how the ICE officers showed him a picture of someone other than him when they searched his co-worker’s van,” says Manuel Portela, Espinoza's attorney. “And then proceeded to arrest him even though he did not look like the photo that was presented."

One man we spoke with said the current political climate certainly isn't helping the issue. Raj Vi Sandiford says, "Yeah it's hard to take in, and I am surprised that someone's life was lost and it's very unfortunate. But given the current political climate and the tensions between communities and law enforcement, things like these are bound to happen if those — those fissures are stressed."

The medical group that is privately contracted into the jail says it is conducting its own review of Espinoza's death.

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