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Police Investigation sought for homeless man who allegedly died in Burlington County Jail
 

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February 4, 2014 Steven E. Martin , Director of Public Safety Mount Holly Police 23 Washington Street Mount Holly, NJ 08060 Via e-mail only to smartin@mountholly.info Dear Director Martin: I found a letter on-line (click here) from an inmate at the Burlington County Jail, which I understand is located within your jurisdiction. As you can see, the letter writer, Inmate Sean C. Turzanski, states that a 74-year-old homeless man named Robert Taylor died while in custody. According to Turzanski\'s letter, Taylor, an alcoholic, was thrown naked, except for a suicide prevention vest, onto the cell\'s concrete floor and allowed to urinate and defecate on himself. According to Turzanski\'s letter, Taylor remained in the same position on the jail cell\'s floor and did not take any meals for five days. The letter states that Taylor was found dead on December 30, 2013. \"They opened his cell to find him dead. 5 days, 15 meals, no water and still lying on the concrete floor naked where he was initially placed.\" I have no idea whether Turzanski\'s statements are accurate. But, the seriousness of the allegations, together with the fact that Turzanski has identified himself (and is available to be interviewed), warrants an investigation. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please contact me if you have any questions. Very truly yours, John Paff P.O. Box 5424 Somerset, NJ 08875 Voice: 732-873-1251 Fax: 908-325-0129 e-mail: paff@pobox.com

 

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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Police Investigation sought for homeless man who allegedly died in Burlington County Jail. February 04, 2014.
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