Three Camden County, Georgia law enforcement officers have been charged with assault and battery and breaching their oath of office after video of them brutally beating a black inmate was made public.
In the video, the three law enforcement officers – Officer Mason Garrick and Camden County Deputies Ryan Biegel and Braxton Massey – can be seen beating a black inmate named Jarrett Hobbs.
According The daily beastthe attack occurred at the Camden County Security Complex.
Mr. Hobbs was arrested and taken to the facility for speeding, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, according to CBS 47.
The footage, which was released by Mr Hobbs’ legal team, appears to show five law enforcement officers entering the inmate’s solitary confinement cell and grabbing his face and neck before beginning to beat him. The men then drag Mr. Hobbs out of his cell and continue beating him.
Defense lawyers then released audio of the incident, in which Mr Hobbs can be heard screaming as the men beat him.
“I’m going to break your f****** thumb if you don’t let go,” a voice – which lawyers attribute to a sheriff’s deputy – shouts at Mr Hobbs in the recording.
According FirstCoastNewsthe other two men involved in the attack were disciplined but not charged.
Barrister Bakari Sellers, who represents Mr Hobbs and his family, welcomed the charges but said the incident was not an anomaly.
“We would like to thank the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation] and Director Register for their quick and decisive action,” he said in a statement. “But we also encourage them not to let their investigation end with these arrests. These three are just the tip of the iceberg.”
That point was underscored last week when family members and supporters of Mr Hobbs demonstrated outside the sheriff’s office demanding accountability for wrongdoing against him and others in their care.
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