Settlement reached with the county for the family of a man who died after bed bugs infested his Georgia jail cell

Georgia’s Fulton County has reached a settlement with the family of a man who died in a bedbug-infested cell in the county jail’s psychiatric wing, the family’s lawyers said Thursday.

ATLANTA – Georgia’s Fulton County reached a settlement Thursday with the family of the man who died after being placed in a cell that was infested with bedbugs in the county’s psychiatric section.

Lashawn Thompson died in September three months after being booked in the Fulton County Jail, Atlanta. Ben Crump, Michael Harper and Thompson’s attorneys said in a press release on Thursday that Thompson’s family had reached settlements “with the county” as well as with other entities.

Lashawn Thomson. WXIA

Harper’s photos showing Thompson’s face and body covered with insects in April drew public attention to his death. When the U.S. Department of Justice announced an investigation last month into prison conditions in Fulton County, it cited Thompson’s death.

In a statement, the attorneys said that although the family was satisfied with the settlements they were “nowhere near the end of the journey towards full justice.”

The statement reads: “We will work with the Thompson family – and the community who rallied around them – to ensure that another tragedy of this magnitude never strikes a family again or claims a life.” “Lashawn was a person who mattered. Together, we can make a difference in his honor.” Lashawn Thompson will leave behind a legacy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Tuesday that Fulton County Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a settlement of $4 million, but did not disclose the details.

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The family released an independent autopsy in May that stated Thompson was “neglected to death.” A previous report from the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office found no obvious signs on Thompson’s corpse but noted a severe bed bug infestation. It listed Thompson’s cause of death as undetermined.

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The Department of Justice will investigate living conditions, access and availability of medical and mental healthcare, excessive force used by staff, and other conditions that could lead to violence among people in Fulton County Jails, said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division last month, when announcing a federal investigation.

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