Activists seek answers in death of Polk County inmate

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Lamont Walls photo courtesy of Polk County Jail

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Activists are seeking more answers in the death last week of an Iowa inmate.

More than 30 protesters gathered near the Des Moines police station Friday night to demand more information on the March 25th death of 38-year-old Lamont Walls. He was found unconscious in his Polk County jail cell.

Calvetta Williams with Mothers Against Violence tells the Register that there was not enough transparency from officials immediately after Walls died.

An autopsy revealed that nine plastic baggies containing heroin were in Walls’ stomach. A drug screening during the autopsy indicated there was heroin present in Walls’ system. The cause of death will not be released until all toxicology results are returned, which may take weeks.