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Family seeks answers on death of man in Virginia jail

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The family of a 56-year-old Norfolk man who died in jail is seeking answers.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1VNZiU6 ) reports that Reginald Brehon Cooper was completing the third of five weekends in the Norfolk jail when he was found unconscious in his cell last month. He died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after jail efforts to revive him failed.

Cooper was sentenced to jail for pickpocketing $5.

In a statement, Sheriff Bob McCabe said he’s confident jail staff responded appropriately to Cooper’s medical conditions while he was in jail.

Shawnta Davis said her father suffered from high blood pressure and underwent dialysis three times a week.

She and other relatives say they are frustrated with the lack of information on Cooper’s death.

An investigation is under way.

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