Last month, 33-year-old Bradley Emory died in custody of the Cobb Sheriff’s Office.
His is one of three recent jail deaths under investigation by the county medical examiner.
Emory was arrested for possession in December after a Cobb police officer responded to a call about a fight at the Hillcrest Mobile Home Park on Atlanta Road.
Emory, who was arguing with a woman, already had an outstanding warrant for felony possession over a glass pipe that allegedly contained residue of methamphetamine. When the arresting officer searched Emory, he said he found several illegal pills on him.
Emory was booked into the Cobb County jail on Dec. 14 and released as “deceased” three months later on March 15. The Sheriff’s Office did not release any details of what transpired at the jail.
“This an ongoing and active investigation at this time by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office,” Glenn Daniel, the spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, wrote in an email. “We are reserving the right to comment pending the outcome of the investigation.”
Nine people have died in Cobb Sheriff custody since 2016, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Three of those deaths, including Emory’s, are under investigation.
In December, Reginald Wilson, 54, whose family said he suffered from schizophrenia, was arrested outside a Cobb hospital and taken to the jail, where he was later found unresponsive and declared dead.
In February, Jessie Myles, 31, was arrested on an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop, and during a search was allegedly found with a THC vape pen and cocaine. Several days later he suffered an “unexplained medical event” at the jail and died.
A detective with the Cobb police department is under scrutiny for calling Myles a “doper” and his death a “non news story” in social media comments.
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