Feds launch probe after Lashawn Thompson died at in jail

Lashawn Thompson died in a jail cell in the psychiatric wing of one of the country’s largest lockups based in Atlanta, the Fulton County Jail. (Photos from family attorney Michael Harper)

A federal investigation was launched into the conditions at the Fulton County Jail in Georgia after a mentally ill inmate was found on the floor slumped over a toilet in a cell in the psychiatric ward, eaten to death by bedbugs in what his family’s lawyers say is one of the most deplorable cases of severe neglect they’ve seen.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the DOJ launched the investigation based on serious allegations of unsafe, unsanitary living conditions, excessive force and violence — including homicides — in the jail, discrimination against incarcerated individuals with mental health issues, and failure to provide adequate medical care to incarcerated individuals.

“People in prisons and jails are entitled to basic protections of their civil rights,” Garland said in a statement. “During this comprehensive review of the conditions of confinement at the Fulton County Jail, the Justice Department will determine whether systemic violations of federal laws exist, and if so, how to correct them.”

Feds launch probe after Lashawn Thompson died at in jail

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