Three law enforcement officers in Camden County, Georgia, have been charged with battery and oath-breaking after a video of them brutally beating a black prisoner was made public.
The video shows three law enforcement officers – Officer Mason Garrick and Camden County Deputies Ryan Biegel and Braxton Massey – beating a black inmate named Jarrett Hobbs.
According Everyday Beastthe attack took place at the Camden County Safety Complex.
Hobbs was arrested and placed in a facility for speeding, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance under CBS 47.
The footage, which was released by Mr Hobbs’ legal team, appears to show five law enforcement officers entering a prisoner’s isolation cell and grabbing him by the face and neck before beating him. The men then drag Mr. Hobbs out of his cell and continue to beat him.
Defense lawyers then released a video of the incident where Mr Hobbs can be heard screaming as the men beat him.
“I’ll break your fucking thumb if you don’t let go,” a voice – which attorneys attribute to a sheriff’s deputy – shouts at Mr Hobbs on the recording.
According News from the first coastthe other two men involved in the attack were disciplined but not charged.
Attorney Bakari Sellers, who represents Mr Hobbs and his family, praised the allegations but said the incident was not an anomaly.
“We want to thank Mr [Georgia Bureau of Investigation] and Director Register for their swift 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.”
The issue was highlighted last week when family members and supporters of Mr. Hobbs protested outside the sheriff’s office demanding accountability for misconduct against him and others in their custody.