Clayton County Jail inmate allegedly beat cellmate to death in ‘racially motivated’ murder: Sheriff
The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said Monday it was investigating a “racially motivated” homicide that occurred Sunday at the Clayton County Jail in Jonesboro, Georgia, where an inmate allegedly beat a cellmate to death “because of the color of his skin.”
Inmate Jacquez Jackson “brutally beat his cellmate with his bare hands, brutally punched and kicked him and slammed his head into the toilet, killing him simply because of the color of his skin,” Clayton County Sheriff Levon Allen said in a news release Monday.
The cellmate’s name has not been revealed.
“During the investigation, inmate Jacquez Jackson stated several times to investigators that he did not like Mexicans/Latinos and wanted to kill them,” Allen said.
ABC News reached out to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the Clayton County Jail, but requests for comment were not immediately returned.
Jackson was charged with murder, first-degree murder, aggravated assault and initiating a felony riot, according to the sheriff’s office. He was in the Clayton County Jail on a probation violation related to misdemeanor charges, including simple battery, simple assault, criminal trespass, making terroristic threats, and obstructing an officer.
It is not clear whether Jackson has hired an attorney in connection with the murder charges.
Jackson was sentenced to five years in prison on April 20, 2022, including 12 months in prison and four on probation, but his probation was revoked on Aug. 11, according to the sheriff’s news release.
The Sheriff’s Office contacted the Clayton County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation.
The murder comes after US Senator Jon Ossoff, Democrat of Georgia, called for a federal civil rights investigation into “alleged mistreatment and mistreatment of inmates” at the Clayton County Jail, citing reports of “troubling conditions” following… Many prisoners died. Guests.
“There appears to be a pattern and practice of civil rights violations at this prison that are resulting in preventable deaths and jeopardizing the public trust,” Senator Ossoff wrote in a letter dated September 13. statementCalling on the US Department of Justice to open an investigation.
On September 7th letter “There appears to be a pattern and practice of civil rights violations at this prison that result in preventable deaths and jeopardize the public trust,” Ossoff wrote to Justice Department Attorney Merrick Garland.
ABC News reached out to the Department of Justice for comment but did not receive a response.
Ossoff’s call for a federal investigation came after the Justice Department prosecuted then-Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, who was convicted in October 2022 of violating the civil rights of detainees at the jail, according to the ABC affiliate in Atlanta. WSB-TV. Hill pleaded not guilty and took the stand in his own defence.
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Over the past 11 months, the Sheriff’s Office and Board of Commissions have been “working diligently together to make improvements to the jail and its existing conditions,” including more than $5 million to upgrade facilities, Allen said in Monday’s news release. Including security.
Per Allen, the Clayton County Jail currently houses approximately 1,900 inmates, which is about 400 over capacity, putting inmates on the floor and three to each cell.
The sheriff said he has requested an additional $6.5 million from the Board of Commissioners to expand the jail’s capacity.