OCTOBER 8, 2021— This afternoon, we filed two lawsuits against suspended Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. Both of our clients were victims of Sheriff Hill and his officers’ assault and abuses, which resulted in Hill being twice federally indicted for civil rights violations. These lawsuits join several prior lawsuits filed against Hill for his use of the restraint chair and we’re entering the fight in hopes of finally introducing him to accountability.
Melvin McDay was booked into Clayton County Jail for jaywalking and was beaten by 5 jailers, who tased him and shattered his jaw. He was strapped to the restraint chair for hours, forcibly relieved on himself, and then detained in solitary confinement for the next few days begging for medical attention. He was released without ever having seen a nurse—he later sought medical treatment on his own where he underwent surgery to repair his jaw.
Timothy O’Neil was booked into Clayton County Jail where Sheriff Hill took out a personal vendetta against him for having to shut down I-75 leading up to Mr. O’Neil’s arrest. Sheriff Hill ordered Mr. O’Neil to the restraint chair where he was forced to relieve on himself. He was then detained in a suicide watch cell with nothing but a paper gown for more than 2 weeks. He had no mattress, no pillow, no blanket, no clothes, and no toilet paper—leaving him to tear off pieces of his gown to use a toilet paper. The temperatures in his cell would be so cold that Mr. O’Neil would have to take his gown off to wrap around his feet in order to warm himself.