A 26-year-old Georgia inmate died in the hospital after becoming involved in a courtroom scuffle. He reportedly suffered unknown injuries while fighting with sheriff's deputies. An investigation is currently underway to look into whether the deputies engaged in overly abusive or reckless conduct that resulted in the wrongful death of the inmate.
The man was in court concerning child support issues and a protective order. During the court proceedings, the man reportedly caused some kind of disruption. When the judge ordered that he be taken out of the courtroom, the man physically resisted the officers who tried to remove him. The inmate was allegedly injured in the resulting chaos and sent to the hospital. He fell unconscious soon after arriving.
The ultimate cause of death is still unclear at this time.
The Clayton County sherriff only became aware of the situation when he was told that the inmate was at the hospital and would have to undergo dialysis. He expressed concern over the fact that he did not receive any information about the affair until the seriousness of the victim's condition became apparent. He said that waiting to inform him was a violation of protocol, and the lapse motivated him to ask the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the matter.
The Clayton County Sherriff's office is conducting its own investigation as well. They will wait for the results of the investigation before implementing any disciplinary measures against the officers involved.
When someone in Georgia is fatally injured because of another person's negligence, the victim's family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Residents in Georgia who find themselves in a similar situation would be wise to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Clayton inmate injured in courtroom fight dies," Marcus K. Garner, April 17, 2012