Former Camden County Sheriff’s Office sergeant filed civil lawsuit under Georgia Whistleblower Act. Here’s what she alleges

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CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. –Three Georgia jail guards were arrested Tuesday on charges of battery in the September beating of an inmate at a county jail that was recorded by security cameras, authorities said. The arrests came after a lawyer for the detainee released the video last week.

Camden County Sheriff’s employees Mason Garrick, Braxton Massey and Ryan Biegel were also charged with violating their oath of office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Camden Sheriff’s officials said.

Additionally, News4JAX uncovered a civil lawsuit that was filed in May by a former staff sergeant in the sheriff’s office under the Georgia Whistleblower Act. In it, Jennie Sikes says she was fired because she wanted to tell the truth about a non-combative inmate who was injured by two correctional officers and a corporal on January 24, 2021.

However, in a response, Sheriff Jim Proctor says Sikes’ claims are barred and he denies the claims.

RELATED: 3 Camden County Sheriff’s Office workers arrested and charged with beating inmate

Among the claims, Sikes’ attorney states on page three of the complaint:

“After the beating, Staff Sergeant Sikes’ supervisors violated CCSO rules in a concerted effort to cover up the unlawful conduct which she honestly reported to her supervisors. The truth was not welcome and as a result his job was terminated.

The incident on January 24, 2021 was described as “a violent and bloody incident”

It’s unclear who the inmate is, but the civil suit claims it implicated Corrections Officer Larry Phelps, Sergeant Luis Vallejo and Corporal Jordan Malone, all with using force against an inmate.

In response to the civil lawsuits, Proctor’s attorneys responded by saying:

“Plaintiff’s claims and/or damages may be barred, in whole or in part, pursuant to official or qualified sovereign immunity doctrines.”

He goes on to state that while Sikes views this as retaliation for being a whistleblower or telling the truth, it does allow for individual ability to sue.

News4JAX has requested comment from attorneys for Sikes and Proctors.

Below is the Complaint and Respondent’s Response.

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Former Camden County Sheriff’s Office sergeant filed civil lawsuit under Georgia Whistleblower Act. Here’s what she alleges

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