A Georgia sheriff’s deputy recruit has been fired and arrested after beating an inmate at the jail, Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens announced Monday.
Deputy Recruit Jackon Brown, 25, was behind bars at the same jail where he worked hours before his arrest.
Brown was charged with battery and violating his oath of office, according to the sheriff’s office.
“We will not tolerate abuse of power,” Owens said at a news conference. “We will keep the rules consistent and fair.”
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On Saturday, Brown allegedly hit an inmate he was trying to transport to another part of the jail.
“Vice [recruit] was moving [detainee] In an effort to de-escalate the situation inside the pod area,” the sheriff said. “He was causing trouble. An exchange of words ensued, and resulted in the deputy assaulting the inmate. This was a clear violation of all our training and protocols in our policies.”
Owens said Brown had just completed his training and was on probationary employment at the jail and had not yet become a full deputy.
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The victim, who was in jail for drug trafficking, suffered “superficial injuries” and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Owens said.
“We immediately reviewed the evidence… and decided to discharge the recruit immediately. of his work” They said.
Cobb County District Attorney Flynn Brady Jr. praised the sheriff’s office for its swift action in firing and arresting Brown.
“We will hold law enforcement accountable when they do wrong,” Brady, Jr. said. “And, you see that in the action of the sheriff, hurry.”
Owens said video of the incident will be released in the coming days.
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