AMERICUS, Ga. —
Criminal trespass, aggravated assault and obstruction were the original charges against Bridges.
The Prison & Jail Project (P&JP;) of Americus called for Middleton’s firing.
On Monday, the P&JP; called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to “step up” its investigation into the beating incident.
The P&JP;’s media release states that “Bridges’s death is being investigated; it appears he may have died from a heart attack .... ”
The release also says, “Since the incident, family members have said that Bridges’ health has deteriorated. He began having an increased number of seizures and was not himself anymore, a family member told the P&JP.;”
In the release, P&JP; Director John Cole Vodicka says, Mr. Bridges’s untimely death brings this matter to a whole new level. We want to know if the senseless beating he received in April might have caused Mr. Bridges’s body to shut down completely 7 weeks later. We continue to demand that the city fire police officer Michael Middleton.”