Family of inmate found dead in jail cell suing county, sheriff, 3 deputies

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The family of an inmate who died while at the Rockdale County Jail a year ago this month announces a lawsuit against the county.

Shali Tilson was found dead on March 12 of last year from complications of being dehydrated. Loved ones of the 22-year-old said he also suffered a mental health crisis at the time.

Wednesday his family and their attorneys discussed the federal lawsuit they've filed against Rockdale County, as well as the sheriff and three deputies.

Family attorneys said the issue is so much bigger than just this case.

Last month, loved ones and civil rights groups sent a request to the Department of Justice, requesting it to investigate Tilson's death.

Family attorneys say the FBI has since begun reviewing the case.

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