Punish Jailers Who Allegedly Allowed Mentally Disabled Man to Starve to Death

 Target: Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia

Goal: Investigate the alleged abuse and death of a mentally disabled man and bring his killers to justice.

A 24-year-old man who was repeatedly diagnosed as psychotic and delusional starved to death after spending several months alone in a derelict and filthy jail cell, according to a federal lawsuit. Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested for stealing $5.05 worth of candy and soda, and his punishment for this incredibly minor offense was his life.

The lawsuit, filed by Mitchell’s family, alleges that the staff at the jail refused to serve Mitchell meals and cut off the water supply in his cell. Mitchell was also left naked and without bedding or shoes. By the time he died, Mitchell had lost almost 40 pounds during his brief stint in the jail. The lawsuit further alleges that fellow inmates begged guards to assist Mitchell, but their requests were blatantly ignored.

Jamycheal Mitchell deserves justice for what was essentially a murder. As punishment for a minor crime, the man, whose mental illnesses were confirmed by doctors, was deprived of basic human needs and left to waste away. Sign the petition below and demand that these jailers are punished to the fullest extent of the law if found guilty.


Dear Mr. Herring,

I am writing to express my outrage about the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, a mentally disabled man who was left alone to starve to death in his jail cell. Arrested for stealing a few dollars’ worth of candy and soda, Mitchell was left naked, hungry, and alone over a span of four months as his captors allegedly refused to serve him meals and cut off the water supply in his cell.

Such neglect is tantamount to murder, and those responsible must be punished. I urge you to investigate this seriously troubling matter and bring those accountable to justice.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Aliven Sarkar

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  1. justice for this person now.

  2. bydabayou says:

    What kind of corrupt law enforcement agencies exist in Virginia that this could happen?! Clearly the individuals responsible for ignoring the needs of this inmate and the administration of this facility need to be prosecuted to the fullest. For shame!

  3. How horrifying, words can’t describe the magnitude of this crime. I suppose the jailer is on “paid” leave?? Makes me sick….This is murder.

  4. Our law enforcement at its finest!

    We as American’s need to step up and let these judges, cops, and jailers know that this will no longer be tolerated.

    Cops are killing off unarmed people, innocent children, and innocent animals.
    Something needs to be done.
    They need to be held accountable for their actions like everyone else is.
    They are no better then the drunk bum living under the bridge. They are not special yet they think they are.

    I see our next war in this country is going to be civilians against crooked law enforcement.

    They need to be stopped.
    They are trigger happy power trip control freaks.
    Their job is to serve and protect so their asses better get to serving like they should be.

  5. How can you possibly let this poor man suffer like this and over $5. All who were involved should lose their jobs and be arrested.

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