Inmates who sent photos pleading for help for inhumane conditions were abused and put in the hole as retaliation on April 11, according to the mothers of the two men. Their relatives had posted screenshots from an April 7 video visit on a jail device that the inmates are allowed to use. The posts began going viral on social media April 10 with the hashtags #JusticeForInmates and #DekalbCountyJail.
The inmates pictured in the post were beat up on April 11 and thrown into solitary. Guards forced their heads into toilets. The county claims they found cell phones and other contraband in their cells, but inmates’ families say there is no way they could have had that contraband. It is clear from the photos that they are from a jail-issued device, not cell phones.
A disruptive demonstration was held April 12 at the jail, with flares, fireworks, drums and noisemakers. One of the inmates’ mothers delivered a speech via cell phone over the megaphone. “We are not going to back down!” she said. Four protesters were arrested, two are facing felony charges. They will be arraigned April 13, and funds are being raised to get them bailed out.