An investigation is underway to probe the custodial death of an inmate who had successfully sued Hudson and Nashua in New Hampshire last year, authorities confirmed.
Jeffrey Pendleton, a 26-year-old homeless from Nashua, N.H., was taken into custody on misdemeanor marijuana charges. At around 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, he was found unconscious in his cell at a Manchester jail. Medical staff tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at 3:19 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Hampshire demanded an immediate investigation into Pendleton’s death at the Hillsborough County Correctional Facility.
ACLU of New Hampshire’s legal director Gilles Bissonnette said, “We will deeply miss Jeff … We trust that a thorough investigation will be conducted on the circumstances of his tragic and untimely death.”
After being taken into custody last week on a misdemeanor charge for possessing marijuana, the former Nashua resident was put in jail on Wednesday. His cash bail was set at $100, which he failed to raise.
As per court documents, Pendleton accused police last year of wrongly taking him into custody multiple times for panhandling and selling on state property without obtaining license. Hudson and Nashua settled the dispute by paying $7,600 and $10,000, respectively.