published Monday, July 18th, 2011

Inmate dies at Hamilton County Jail

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A man booked in the Hamilton County Jail last Thursday died in the facility only a few days later, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Medical staff treated Gihon Hardaway, 37, as he was having a “medical emergency” early Saturday morning, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Janice Atkinson.

He was later taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Atkinson said.

She did not specify what day and time Hardaway died.

Hardaway was booked in the jail on an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance, along with charges of resisting arrest, driving on a revoked license and improper registration.

Atkinson said sheriff’s office investigators and the internal affairs division are conducting an investigation into Hardaway’s death.

The body has been transferred to the Hamilton County medical examiner’s office to determine a cause of death, she said.

Hardaway had done time in jail before. In 1997, he was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report it, records show, and six years later, he was arrested for assault and possession of a controlled substance.

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amnestiUSAF84 said...

Death By Jail seems to be taking place all over the country. Is that a new trend or something?

news10 san diego:

SAN DIEGO -- *70-year-old jail inmate died under suspicious circumstances in his cell at the George Bailey Detention Center early Monday, authorities said

Have they disclosed the cause of death from a few weeks ago at the Vista Jail. 2 people from Cardiff died in Custody.

July 18, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
ceeweed said...

Limited access to health care in America's jails certainly exists. It mirrors our health care system as a whole, or should I say hole, people fall into the abyss everyday. Many working people will avoid going to an ER when they are sick because they know it is not free. Big Pharma is allowed to price gouge Americans when their same drugs are available at a fraction of our cost in our neighboring countries. Medicare Part D was a trillion dollar gift to insurance and pharma. Even if you are fortunate enough to have health insurance, you and your doctor have limited say in your plan of care when you are ill. Your claims can be denied at the whim of some insurance company flunky on the phone. Defensive medicine has dumbed down doctoring. Doctors no longer trust their clinical skills and order way too many tests to support their diagnoses for fear of being sued and the cost keep going up...It is sad when an inmate dies in custody, especially when the prisoner had more access to health care than many Americans who have never been jailed.

July 19, 2011 at 8:14 a.m.
HannaBeckman said...

Do not do the crime if you cannot do the time!!!

July 19, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
karalynn said...

This guy was not a criminal. Yes he did something wrong but he does not have to pay the price by dying. What this report doesn't tell you is that Gihon was tazed Thursday night. What this doesn't tell you is Gihon had a 4.0 GPA in his Computer Operations and Technology Class and had a true passion for computers and technology, was getting ready to graduate August 13th, he was changing his life around.He received a gold metal in SkillsUSA in state and 5th in the nation. What this doesn't tell you is this guy what one of the most amazing people I have ever meet. He was a great friend, a great guy, a great student. He brought a smile to everyone's face. He was there if you needed him. He was one of my best friends.

July 19, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.
freespeech01 said...

Some of the comments on here about medicare and sterotyping Gihon as a criminal, saying, "Do not do the crime if you can not do the time" is absolutely ignorant and ridiculous. Get your facts right before u put ur finger to a keyboard. This young man had no criminal record. He had no history of illnesses and was a victim, not a criminal. He was pulled over on minor charges pertaining to a car, was asked to get out of his car & put his hands up. He did what they told him 2 do & officer pulled out a taser & tased him in his back. Gihon fell & they took him to jail, they booked him, & said later, while in their facility, Gihon was lying on the floor (not moving). . . everything came to a stand-still in this young man's life. He died in their custody. What happened?? Who is next? Where is the JUSTICE? These are the questions we should ask. All the things he did, nominated as "Mr. Hixson", was the best student, went on a full scholarship to study electrical engineering at UTK, did 3 yrs. & excelled the best in Chemistry & Maths. His last days, attended Chattanooga State where he studied Computer Technology & won a national gold medal for the state of Tennessee, was about to be inducted into the national hornor society at the graduation ceremony Aug 13, 2011. This is how Chattanooga, Tn treats it's outstanding and genius citizens, based on profiling. God Bless America? Let this story be told to everyone.

July 24, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
freespeech01 said...

The last part of this story about Gihon's misdemeanors offenses, not felonies, which happened in his teenage days when he was in college, is just a way to discredit his dignity and label him as a typical black man, as what Chattanooga thinks of all it's black males. He did not deserve to die this way. Gihon your spirit lives on.

July 24, 2011 at 3:13 p.m.
karalynn said...

freespeech01: Im sure there is a way to get this story out, to stop tazing. Im trying to come up with something.

July 25, 2011 at 10:52 a.m.
freespeech01 said...

karalynn: I hope this story get more recognition, that would be good for for him and for other victims to come after. This shouldn't be done to anyone else.

July 27, 2011 at 3:57 p.m.
tameika said...

i got a chance to know this man, and karalynn i agree with you he was not a bad person everyone makes mistakes but its not up to us to judge him. he had a beautiful heart always made my day go better if i was down, and to the person saying dont do the crime, that is so ignorant we should learn to know ppl before we judge them. may gihon rest in paradise!!

July 28, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.
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