Death in the Red Stick
LAMAR JOHNSON AND (IN)JUSTICE IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH
On May 26, 2015, Lamar Johnson was pulled over for a routine traffic stop while driving to pick up his grandmother from dialysis treatment. Less than 96 hours later, Lamar was wheeled out of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison near death. He never regained consciousness. He was just 27 years old when he died of injuries sustained while detained in the parish prison.
A recent report detailing the mistreatment of protesters arrested and detained during the 2016 protests of the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police officers highlight the inhumanity of the jail. Reforming the criminal justice system and its mass incarceration of Black Americans is a monumental task that starts by bringing justice to its victims.
Your tax-deductible contribution of any amount will go directly to the legal fight to exact accountability in Lamar’s death and to protect the rights of people in the criminal justice system.