Police Misconduct

Lawsuit accuses Alabama jail in shocking case of inmate abuse, death

A lawsuit filed by Anthony Mitchell's family alleges that Walker County deputies kept him in a freezer for hours.

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Weeks after an Alabama inmate apparently froze to death, his family is now filing a lawsuit.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office took Anthony Mitchell into custody Jan. 13. Two weeks later, deputies transported him to a hospital, where he later died.

What happened in between is unclear. But hospital officials say he had a core body temperature of 72 degrees.

A lawsuit filed by the family alleges that deputies kept Mitchell in a freezer for hours. The sheriff's office has yet to comment on the allegations.