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Red paint thrown on Mecklenburg County Detention Center after inmate dies

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said 51-year old Michael Daniel Mangan died Sunday morning after being found unresponsive in his cell.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Protesters are believed to have thrown red paint at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center in uptown Charlotte Sunday night after an inmate was found unresponsive in his jail cell earlier in the day. 

In addition to the red paint, a sign Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden had placed at the entrance that read "Black Lives Matter Here" has been damaged. 

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said 51-year old Michael Daniel Mangan, a resident housed at the Detention Center on 801 E. Fourth Street, was found unresponsive in his cell shortly after 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies and first responders performed CPR but were unsuccessful. Mangan was pronounced deceased around 6:30 a.m. He had been brought into the detention center Friday with no symptoms of COVID-19 visible, according to deputies. He had not yet been placed into general housing. 

RELATED: Inmate found dead in holding cell at Mecklenburg County jail

Charlotte Uprising, a group that formed in 2016 with the intent of holding CMPD accountable following the death of Keith Lamont Scott, posted a series of tweets about the incident. One tweet reads, "Blood is on your hands."

The organization did not take credit for the paint, but shared photos and updates of the area. 

In another tweet, the organization said the "only actions we condemn and decry are the actions of the killer cops who continue to arrest and jail People and separate families."

Further details on the incident have not been released. Stick with WCNC Charlotte for the latest on this developing story.


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