Family and friends rally outside Madison County Detention Facility, accusing jail of cruelty to inmate

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There were picket signs in front of the Madison County Detention Facility Saturday morning.

About a dozen friends and relatives of 28-year-old Haraesheo Rice say he has been beaten and tortured since his arrest back in May.

His mother says he was hospitalized recently because of the beatings but says she has not been allowed to see him since his arrest, and says no one will tell her how her son is doing.

Harasheo’s mother, Terry Rice, tells WHNT News 19, “Some of the inmates call my family members and tell them that they see Haraesheo and his head is so big that it looks like it’s about to burst. His eyes are bloodshot red like the blood vessels are bursted in them. But that’s the only information that I’m receiving and that’s from inmates.”

Mrs. Rice says jail officials did confirm her son was taken to Huntsville Hospital unresponsive but alive, and she says he was returned to the jail’s medical unit several days later.

Mrs. Rice says her son has a long history of mental illness and has a fear of police officers.

We checked and found he also has a long history of criminal activity, from various drug charges to burglary and crimes of violence.

We reached out to jail officials today but there was no one available who could discuss the case.

Mrs. Rice says NAACP representatives are scheduled to meet with jail officials about her son on Monday.

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