Mississippi state, federal lawmakers seek inquiry after Reuters report of jail beating death
(Reuters) — Reuters' prior unreported information in his 2018 death in Madison County Detention Center are considering felony proceedings against Mississippi representative and a veteran congressman.
After a brutal confrontation with officers, the 36-year-old died in May 2018.
His relatives claimed that after he struck a guard and hit a lunch tray he suffered an emotional meltdown.
Guards kicked Hill and smashed him against a concrete pillar. Reuters revealed previously undisclosed prison camera footage.
They took him to the bathroom and took him away from his cameras and beat him again.
Hill was carried to an isolated cell and died afterwards.
Death was governed by an autopsy.
"For evidence demonstrating that the assassination was a case, these people must be convicted," said Chris Bell, Democratic State legislature.
"What the holdup is, I don't realize."
State police prosecuted the death of Hill, but nobody was charged.
The custodians claim that Hill was militant and that his answer was justified by the policy of use of force.
Carlos Moore, the U.S. counsel of the Hill family, said
The Human Rights Section of the Department of Justice has been reviewing death conditions.
A representative arrived at Reuters for comment and said: "The DOJ would not comment on pending inquiries."
The Mississippi Investigation Office reviewed the death in 2018 but there has been no legal action initiated by the District Attorney.
Neither the office nor the district attorney addressed the requests for comments from Reuters.
Bell reporter claimed he was "at word loss" since there were no allegations.
"It must be accomplished right away," he added.
The Capitol Hill also calls for action.
The Senior Member of the Congressional delegation for Mississippi, Democratic US Representative Benzia Thompson, checked Reuters' reports on deaths of inmates like Hills's.
"Justice requires the accusation and responsibility of Harvey Hill's assassins," Thompson said.
The Reuters survey on Hill 's death was part of a broader analysis demonstrating how thousands suffer in US prisons before they head to jail.
Most were detained on a pretext of trespass, such as Slope, over trivial accusations.
Click https:/www.reuters.com/investigators/special-report/usa-jails-deaths to read this full analysis. Dying within
Reuters found that 58 inmates died in 11 broad prison sites in the Mississippi for over a decade as part of its national review.
At least 39 of them have not been convicted of their offences.
Seven of the suicides of inmates were assassinated.
Reuters finds that Mississippi is between 17 states lacking official guidelines or frameworks for control of municipal prisoners.
Corey Wiggins, the Mississippi chapter's executive director at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Citizens, said that "There is a death, assassination or police violence." There is a must for accountability.
"You have seen someone murdered during detention of this situation.
This is why it is important to change criminal justice.
Wiggins said that he will leverage the death of Hill to increase consciousness of systemic issues of local prisons and collaborate with community and civic officials on improvements.
The family of Hill also recommended litigation.
Cassandra Hill, his younger sister, said, "If nothing had ever been done with them murdering him, anyone else will be willing to happen."
The sheriff's department and the medical provider of the penitentiary Quality Correctional Health Services settled an involuntary death complaint file by Hill 's relatives, said a source knowledgeable of the case.
The sheriff and the corporation did not respond to the mediation demands.
(Linda So post, Jason Szep's and Peter Eisler's additional research, Ronnie Greene editing)