CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. – Graphic video captures a brutal jailhouse attack on an inmate at the Clayton County Jail.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington was LIVE on Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m at the jail, where she spoke with the victim’s mother, who said the jail should have prevented this from happening.
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The mother asked that her face not be shown and that her son’s name not be used for fear of retaliation.
According to the victim’s mother, the video shows five Clayton County jail inmates attacking her 21-year-old son. He was stabbed 23 times.
“He was stabbed in the ear, the head, the chest area, the stomach,” she said.
Channel 2 blurred some of the images in the video, but the video is still difficult to watch.
The mother said one of the inmates recorded the incident with a cell phone and posted it on social media.
Attorney Akil Secret of the Hall & Lampros Law Firm said this raises questions about the sheriff’s office.
“It raises serious questions about maintenance and potential negligence on the part of the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office,” Secret said. “Actually to this day I haven’t watched the video and I don’t want to watch it because I heard it’s very scary.”
Sheriff Levon Allen released a statement to Channel 2 saying he became aware of the assault on Jan. 4. Allen said a total of five inmates, including Beau Mosely and Derrick Thrash, were identified and charged with attempted murder. They also face possession of prohibited items.
Attorney Secret said the victim was a non-violent inmate.
Both Secret and the victim’s mother want to know how other inmates gained access to the 21-year-old’s prison cell and how these men obtained a weapon and a mobile phone.
Channel 2 reached out to the sheriff’s office for a response, but no one has responded.
As for the victim’s condition, the mother said he has a long road to recovery.
“He’s in a wheelchair, has a collapsed lung, is having trouble breathing,” the mother said.
Sheriff Allen went on to say in the statement that the attack was gang-related and that “there will be zero tolerance for gang activity at the Clayton County Jail.”
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