Georgia Sheriff’s Office employees arrested, accused of beating inmates

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Three employees at a Georgia detention center have been arrested in connection with the beating of a 41-year-old inmate.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Corporal Corrections Officer Mason Garrick, Deputy Braxton Massey and Deputy Ryan Biegel were charged with battery of an inmate and violation of oath of office following an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“This video is unacceptable and the actions of the deputies inexcusable,” attorney Harry Daniels said in a statement. “Mr. Hobbs entered the Camden County Jail suffering a psychotic episode and requested to be placed in protective custody. But instead of protecting him, these deputies jumped him, beat him, and mercilessly kicked him…”

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Jailers beat inmate Jarrett Hobbs, Sept. 3, 2022, in Georgia, in this screenshot from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video provided by attorney Harry Daniels.
(Courtesy of Attorney Harry Daniels via Camden County Detention Center/AP)

Jarrett Hobbs, a 41-year-old black man from North Carolina, stands alone in his cell before five guards surround him. At least three deputies are seen punching Hobbs before he is dragged from the cell and thrown against a wall.

“There’s no way in hell anyone should get beat up the way this guy got beat up,” Daniels told reporters. “I don’t care what he did. I don’t care if he knocked on the door. You don’t beat someone like that.”

Hobbs was booked into the Camden County Jail in coastal Georgia on Sept. 3 on charges of traffic violations and drug possession.

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Additional footage shows a deputy handcuffing Hobbs to a restraint chair after the beating and refusing medical attention.

In this screenshot from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video provided by attorney Harry Daniels, a deputy is seen apprehending Hobbs.
(Courtesy of Attorney Harry Daniels via Camden County Detention Center/AP)

“Braxton Massey has been assigned to the Sheriff’s Office for 6 months, Mason Garrick for 18 months and Ryan Biegel for 3 years,” a news release said. “All three were booked into the Camden County Public Safety Complex. An internal investigation by the Sheriff’s Office terminated their employment with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office prior to the arrests.”

In this screenshot from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video provided by attorney Harry Daniels, deputies can be seen throwing punches at Hobbs.

In this screenshot from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video provided by attorney Harry Daniels, deputies can be seen throwing punches at Hobbs.
(Courtesy of Attorney Harry Daniels via Camden County Detention Center/AP)

The sheriff’s office said the results of the internal investigation involved two other employees facing disciplinary action.

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On Monday, Hobbs’ attorney released a letter that was sent to the Justice Department, asking the DOJ Civil Rights Division to investigate whether the beating was racially motivated as a hate crime.

Georgia Sheriff’s Office employees arrested, accused of beating inmates

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