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3 Deputies Arrested In Beating Of Black Man At Georgia Detention Center

By Jovonne Ledet

Nov 22, 2022

Three deputies caught on video beating a Black inmateat a Georgia detention center have been arrested and fired, according to WSB-TV.

On Tuesday (November 22), the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that their separate investigations into the beating of Camden County Detention Center inmate Jarrett Hobbs, 41, had concluded, CNN reports. As a result, deputies Braxton Massey, Mason Garrick, and Ryan Biegel are all facing charges of battery and violating the oath of office.

The Sheriff's Office terminated their employment before they were arrested, according to a news release.

“I appreciate the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisting our agency with this critical incident that occurred,” Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor said.

News of the charges come after video of a Camden County jail inmate, later identified as Hobbs, being brutally beaten by five correctional officers went viral.

Courtesy of Roland Martin Mnfiltered

Civil rights attorney Harry Daniels, who is representing Hobbs, released further footage to support that officers "mercilessly" assaulted the 41-year-old Black man.

One officer is seen grabbing Hobbs by the neck and others appear to hit him on the head.

A second video shows officers pulling Hobbs out of the cell and wrestling him on the ground, with at least one officer kicking him.

According to Camden County Jail records, Hobbs, who is from Greensboro, North Carolina, was initially arrested on September 3 for speeding, driving with a suspended/revoked license, and possession of a controlled substance.

"Mr. Hobbs entered the Camden County Jail suffering a psychological episode and asking to be placed in protective confinement," his attorney previously said. "But instead of protecting him, these deputies jumped him and beat and kicked him mercilessly...”

The three deputies facing charges in the beating are being held at the Camden County Public Safety Complex.

"The other two employees involved face disciplinary actions resulting from findings of the Internal Investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office,” the Camden County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

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