6th death in recent weeks reported at Georgia jail where Trump was booked
A Fulton County Jail inmate died at an Atlanta hospital earlier this week, marking the sixth death in recent weeks at the same jail where former President Trump surrendered to authorities last month.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday 24-year-old Shawndre Delmore was discovered unresponsive during a routine check by a detention officer last week. Delmore was taken to a hospital in Atlanta where he later died Sunday.
The death comes after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in July it was opening a civil investigation into the conditions at the Fulton County Jail, citing violence resulting in death or injuries, filthy conditions and the death of a man last year whose body was found covered in insects.
DOJ said the investigation will examine the jail’s “living conditions, medical and mental health care, use of excessive force and protection from violence.”
According to The Associated Press (AP), Delmore is the sixth person to die in Fulton County custody since the end of July. Delmore was arrested on April 1 and held on bond on a second-degree burglary charge and obstruction of law enforcement officers, the sheriff’s office said.
Atlanta Police Department will investigative his death and the Fulton County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy, the sheriff’s office said.
Lawshawn Thompson, 35, died in a bedbug-infested cell in the Fulton County Jail’s psychiatry wing last September, and an independent autopsy found he died from severe neglect. Thompson’s family has since reached a settlement with the county.
Samuel Lawrence, 34, was also found unresponsive in his jail cell and died Aug. 26 at an Atlanta hospital, the AP reported. Devon Blake, 23, was stabbed to death, and four others were stabbed and injured during a fight in the jail on Aug. 31. Meanwhile, three others died in the last month, including 66-year-old Alexander Hawkins, 34-year-old Christopher Smith and 40-year-old Montay Stinson.
The Fulton County Jail made national news last month when Trump surrendered in his election interference case in Georgia. He was booked, becoming the first U.S. president in history, past or present, known to have a mug shot taken. The other 18 co-defendants in the election interference case were also booked at the jail.