MEMPHIS, Tenn. –– Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has been retained by the family of Ramon McGhee, a 42-year-old man who was held at Shelby County Jail at 201 Poplar. McGhee was found unresponsive on Jan. 10 and taken to the hospital, where he later died on Jan. 12.
Family members say that McGhee was covered in a massive amount of lice and bed bugs when he arrived at the hospital. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is conducting an investigation into McGhee’s death.
Attorney Crump has released the following statement:
“Ramon’s condition upon arrival at the hospital, infested with insects and covered in bites, is truly chilling. How long was this negligence and mistreatment going on for his body to be overtaken by lice and bed bugs? One can only imagine the severity of Ramon’s suffering.
“We have long been calling out the many abuses at Shelby County Jail and we now have a clearer picture of the true inhabitable nature of that facility. The time is now for the federal government to strongly intervene to ensure that this jail is reformed from the inside out so that nobody else has to suffer the same fate as Ramon.”
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