GEORGIA NAACP PRESIDENT GERALD GRIGGS WEIGHS IN ON LASHAWN THOMPSON CAUSE OF DEATH
Attorneys representing Lashawn Thompson, a former inmate at Fulton County Jail in Georgia, have revealed new details pertaining to the findings of his autopsy. As per forensic pathologist Dr. Roger Mitchell, Thompson's demise was a result of complications arising from severe neglect, compounded by untreated schizophrenia, dehydration, malnourishment, and an extensive infestation of insects on his body. Dr. Mitchell determined Thompson's manner of death to be homicide.
Following these revelations, NAACP Georgia Conference President Gerald Griggs emphasized the need for criminal negligence charges against those involved in Thompson's death. Griggs also called upon Governor Brian Kemp to allocate additional funding for mental health services in the state, stating that Thompson, who was innocent and merely detained, should not have met such a tragic fate.
In the aftermath of Thompson's death, the chief jailer of Fulton County Jail, along with two assistant chief jailers, resigned at the sheriff's request.
The Georgia NAACP will continue to advocate for legislative changes and increased funding for mental health services throughout the state.