Written By: Nicole Carr , Matt Johnson for WSBTV2
DEKALB COUNTY, GA – Protesters held their second night of demonstrations Thursday after things turned violent outside the DeKalb County Jail the day before.
It started as a social media campaign, with inmates communicating through family members, catching the public’s attention. Initially, much of the campaign centered around a well-known mold issue in the jail.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said protesters were fine marching on the sidewalk, but when demonstrators ended up stopping traffic along busy Memorial Drive Wednesday, things took a turn.
The protest drew nearly 100 people and ended with the arrests of four people.
Ahead of another round of protests that started at 7 p.m. Thursday, an activist told Channel 2 Action News conditions for inmates are deteriorating and their diets have become completely inadequate.
Officers allowed people to stand on the sidewalk but threatened anyone who stepped onto Memorial Drive with arrest. State troopers blocked any potential attempts to protest on I-20.
“What we’re doing today, we’re waking them up,” Diane Jones said.