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Rappers Yo Gotti and Jay-Z have filed a second lawsuit against Mississippi prison officials on behalf of 152 inmates over the "abhorrent and barbaric" conditions prisoners suffer at Parchman Farm.
The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, Feb. 26, against eight defendants including the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The lawsuit follows a similar one filed last month on behalf of 29 more inmates.
The latest suit details the "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation" prisoners at the facility, also known as Mississippi State Penitentiary, have had to endure over lack of funding and not enough staff.
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"The conditions of confinement at Parchman are so barbaric, the deprivation of health and mental health care so extreme, and the defects in security so severe, that the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution," the complaint states.
Additionally, the complaint states that the prisoners, who live in "medieval" conditions at the jail, are rarely able to obtain any medical help they require - leading to inmates "inserting their own catheters, treating their own stab wounds, vomiting up blood, teetering on the verge of diabetic comas, and suffering through seizures without medical care.
Even a broken neck can go without treatment at Parchman, with the inmate being left to suffer through his injury while sleeping on exposed, steel bedsprings with no mattress."
Following the first lawsuit filed in January, an investigation into the conditions at Parchman and three other Mississippi prisons was opened by the Department of Justice. That investigation is ongoing.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
A Florida inmate who assaulted a deputy is facing additional felony charges tacked on to his original drug and gun possession charges.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said 38-year-old inmate Michler Gabriel will face additional felony charges after he assaulted one of their deputies at the Orient Road Jail on Tuesday morning.
Surveillance video shows Gabriel waiting impatiently for the deputy to unlock a door to exit a jail pod. The deputy pushed Gabriel away from the door twice, but Gabriel refused to back away. At one point, Gabriel sucker punched the deputy.
Another deputy who witnessed the assault subdued Gabriel and held him until more deputies arrived.
The deputy was transported to Tampa General Hospital for treatment. The Sheriff's office said the deputy was treated for facial bruises, swelling and lacerations.
Gabriel was being held at the jail on multiple charges including: driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of weed, armed drug trafficking, possession of cocaine, felony weapons possession and carrying a concealed firearm.
WRBL reports that Gabriel now faces additional charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and battery by a detained person, both felonies.
"While I am thankful that the deputy involved was not seriously hurt, we will make sure that Gabriel is prosecuted to the fullest extent for his actions," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
Photo: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
The public is outraged over social media images of an inmate savoring a Popeyes spicy chicken sandwich in his jail cell - while everyone else stands in long lines and risks bodily injury or death to buy the coveted sandwich.
According to London's Dailymail.com, the photos were posted by a FACEBOOK user named Frank Gutta and shared across Twitter and other social platforms.
The images show the inmate enjoying the spicy chicken sandwich while sitting on his bunk in a 6x8 jail cell.
The images are captioned: "TRYING TO SEE WHAT ALL THE HYPE ABOUT" and "THANKS BAE".
The hate was thick on social media, as Twitter users expressed their outraged. "N****s in jail ate the Popeyes chicken sandwich before me IM SICK," wrote one hungry user.
Another user tweeted: "Bruh gotta be busting down a female guard."
But not everyone was mad at the lucky inmate. One Twitter user was happy for the guy.
"Was gonna say this Popeye's sandwich is getting out of hand but the happiness I felt for dude getting that sandwich outweighs it all."
Popeyes franchise restaurants have become crime scenes as hungry consumers brawl and try to kill each other for the coveted sandwiches.
One 28-year-old man was stabbed to death and social media users uploaded videos showing fights and other violent incidents inside and outside the restaurants. But Popeyes was unbothered.
According to Fox News, the corporation asked its customers to "show some patience and love each other as much as it loves the restaurant."
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