ATLANTA – A 24-year-old man died at an Atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive in a prison already under federal investigation for possible civil rights violations.
A Fulton County Jail officer found Shawndre Delmore during a routine check just before 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, the county sheriff’s office said in a news release Wednesday. Prison staff tried to revive Delmore until medical staff arrived and he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died Sunday, the release said.
Delmore is the sixth person to have died in Fulton County custody since late July. He was arrested by Atlanta police on April 1 and held on $2,500 bail for second-degree burglary. Atlanta police will investigate his death and the county coroner will conduct an autopsy, the sheriff’s office said.
Former President Donald Trump turned himself in to jail last month and was charged with efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The US Department of Justice in July launched a civil rights investigation about prison conditions in the county, citing violence, filthy prison conditions and the death last year of a man whose body was found infested with insects.
Lashawn Thompson, 35, died in a bedbug-infested cell in the psychiatric wing of the Fulton County Jail last September. An independent autopsy carried out on behalf of his family revealed that he died as a result of severe neglect. His family has since reached an agreement with the district.
Dayvion Blake, 23, was stabbed and four others injured in a prison brawl on August 31. Samuel Lawrence, 34, died at Grady Memorial Hospital on August 26 after being found unconscious in his prison cell. The 66-year-old is among the other three people who died in the last month Alexander Hawkins34 years old ChristopherSmith and 40 years old Monday Stinson.