ACLU of Georgia Urges Cobb County Sheriff’s Office to Conduct a Full Investigation into the Water Contamination at its Detention Center
ACLU of Georgia also urges comprehensive medical examinations for all persons who may be impacted
ATLANTA – Today, the ACLU of Georgia sent the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office a letter urging it to conduct a full investigation into the water contamination at the Cobb County Detention Center and perform appropriate comprehensive medical exams of each person who may have been infected after consuming toxins in the water.
The ACLU of Georgia seeks to learn whether the water at the Detention Center was or remains contaminated with unsafe and potentially lethal toxins. Safe, clean water for drinking, cooking, and hygiene is not only a basic human right but also a constitutional right under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
“A failure to remedy this alleged water contamination exposes the Sheriff’s Office to liability under the U.S. Constitution,” said Kosha Tucker, staff attorney of the ACLU of Georgia. “Everyone in this community should be alarmed over the inhumane and unacceptable conditions at the jail.”
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