The death of an inmate at a Fulton County jail in Georgia prompted a probe into the circumstances surrounding a brutal attack.
This week, six individuals were indicted in connection with the death of Antonio May — all of whom are current or former deputies with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
“Immediately upon entering”
According to the Daily Mail, May was initially arrested in 2018 for throwing rocks and placed in the jail’s general population. His family claims that officials knew he had consumed amphetamine and was judged by a medical technician to be suicidal.
In addition to the sheriff’s office, May’s family is suing NaphCare Inc., the company hired to perform medical services.
The lawsuit reportedly claims that after May allegedly exposed himself to deputies, they proceeded to beat, pepper spray, and shock him with stun guns. Those participating in the attack allegedly declared the event to be “Taser Tuesday” and some of the deputies are accused of shocking May near his genitals.
“Immediately upon entering the cell, one of the detention officers on the DART team shot the Taser prongs on Mr. May’s chest area, without warning,” the lawsuit asserts.
The inmate later died of a heart attack, allegedly after he had been strapped into a restraining chair and doused with water from a hose.
“Thank God this is being done”
After the Georgia Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation into the death, newly elected District Attorney Fani Willis confirmed that she will make the case a priority.
“It is now the duty of my office to prove these charges beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury at trial,” Willis said, according to the Daily Mail. “My staff and I will continue to work to ensure that justice is done in this case.”
Attorneys representing May’s family sought to rebut any speculation that the case will become mired in politics.
“This is not an anti-police moment,” the lawyers declared. “This is an accountability moment. This is holding people responsible for taking a man’s life in cold blood murder.”
For her part, May’s grandmother believes the indictments represent a step in the right direction, adding: “Thank God this is being done. Thank God. He mattered. Everybody mattered.”