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June 12, 2007

Eddie Bridges’ body to be autopsied

P&JP demands officer’s firing

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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.”

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