The family of a mentally ill Black man who died after South Carolina jail employees repeatedly stunned him and then kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing is still seeking criminal charges one year later
The family of a mentally ill Black man who died after South Carolina jail employees repeatedly stunned him and then kneeled on his back until he stopped breathing is still seeking criminal charges a year later.
Relatives for Jamal Sutherland have repeatedly asked South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to consider prosecuting the Charleston County guards who restrained Sutherland shortly before his death, but his office hasn’t take action, said attorney Carl Solomon at a news conference Thursday.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson had announced last July that the jail deputies wouldn’t face charges due to their poor training. Scarlett Wilson called the deputies’ actions “damning,” but said she couldn’t prove the guards intended to kill Sutherland, who at the time was refusing to go to his bond hearing on a misdemeanor charge.
Scarlett Wilson said at the time that she had already invited the U.S. Department of Justice to look into the case and would not interfere with any review by federal authorities or the state Attorney General’s Office.
Solomon and prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump were joined Thursday in Charleston by relatives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Daunte Wright, all Black men killed by white people and whose families Crump has represented.
Crump has drawn parallels between Sutherland’s death and those of Floyd’s and Arbery’s, which were also caught on camera.
“This family here — it’s another sad day in this world, because we still have to deal with these tragedies,” said Marcus Arbery, Ahmaud’s father. ”It’s just like it ain’t never going to stop, but we the people, we’ve got to keep fighting.”
Robert Kittle, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s office, said the agency was aware of only one request to review the case from September. In a response to that request, Alan Wilson wrote that his office had acknowledged…