An Atlanta lawyer said his firm is asking for an investigation into the deaths of prisoners in the Rockdale County jail in Conyers, 40 miles east of Atlanta.
Attorney Mawuli Davis of Davis Bozeman said Wednesday he represents the families of Shali Tilson, 22, and Jamie Henry, 40, both of whom died in the jail. Davis said the families are asking the Department of Justice to investigate the deaths. Davis said they plan to send Byung “BJay” Pak, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, a 10-page letter and more than 100 pages of evidence supporting the request.
Contacted about the request, communications officers for Pak and Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levitt had no immediate response.
Tilson was found dead in the Rockdale County jail on March 12, 2018—nine days after his arrest, according to Davis. Davis said Tilson died from complications of being severely dehydrated.
Henry was found dead in the Rockdale County jail on May 27, 2018—less than 48 hours after her arrest, Davis said.
“The new information our office has obtained regarding the death of Shali Tilson is troubling,” Davis said in the news release. “Mr. Tilson was in a mental health crisis from the time he entered the jail, and we have documentation to prove it. He was thrown into solitary confinement instead of being given treatment.”
Davis said his firm is “submitting a request that includes this new information with the belief that the United States Department of Justice should open an investigation” into both deaths.
Davis said his firm plans a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday in front of the federal court building with civil and human rights activists. The firm handles personal injury, wrongful death and civil rights litigation.