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Lashawn Thompson was the seventh person to die in custody of Fulton County last year, but his was the death that finally caught the world’s attention. It took a scene so squalid that the deputy who discovered it fled to retch: Thompson was found in a filthy cell on the medical wing of the Rice Street jail, covered in lice and his own waste, his head in a toilet. Just days before, the same deputy had voiced concerns over Thompson’s living conditions.
On Wednesday, the governor finally gave the long-awaited call to issue a shelter in place order for the entire state. Here’s your Thursday morning update:
Days in the Fulton County jail are highly regulated. Inmates are told when to rise, when to eat, and when to sleep. But a select dozen inmates don’t just follow orders; they give some, too. Specifically: Sit. Stay. Shake.