The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead last year inside a rolled-up gym mat at school are suing the funeral home that handled his body. Attorneys for the parents of year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta accuse Harrington Funeral Home of fraud, negligence and intentional mishandling of a corpse in the civil suit filed in State Court late last week. The family is seeking unspecified damages. Johnson was found dead Jan.
Kendrick Johnson's parents convicted for protest
Timeline challenged in Kendrick Johnson gym mat death in Valdosta, Georgia high school - CBS News
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Death of Kendrick Johnson
In a Jan. Johnson's parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, sued Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine in June to obtain the department's unredacted case file on their son's death, including school surveillance video from around the time their son was last seen alive. Judge Altman ruled in favor of the Johnsons in October and the case file and surveillance video were made public. Several issues remain unresolved, however. Johnson's family recently filed an amendment to their civil suit accusing two brothers - who are the sons of a local FBI agent and who attended school with Kendrick - of causing Johnson's death.
Clutching his wrist and whimpering, Smith was let go without charges after the violent encounter on Feb. The federal lawsuit comes during a national outcry over police brutality against people of color, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Haugabrook said police stopped Smith for questioning after a drug store employee reported him for panhandling outside. The city of Valdosta issued a statement three days after that, saying police are conducting an internal investigation and that Smith never filed a complaint. Officers questioning one of them learned he had an outstanding arrest warrant.