Former Georgia correctional officers sentenced for assaulting handcuffed inmate, cover-up

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4 former Georgia correctional officers had been sentenced for his or her roles in beating a handcuffed inmate after which masking up the assault in 2018.

Officers on the Valdosta State Jail orchestrated an assault of an inmate “in retaliation for an earlier altercation between that inmate and a feminine officer on the jail,” in accordance with the Division of Justice.

Lt. Geary Staten, 31, Sgt. Patrick Sharpe, 30, and deputy correctional officers Brian Ford, 25, and Jamal Scott, 35, all participated within the scheme to assault the intimate and hold the assault secret from supervisors.

The US Department of Justice in Washington, DC

The US Division of Justice in Washington, DC
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“These officers’ efforts to arrange, execute, after which cowl up a retaliatory assault on a handcuffed, compliant inmate are an egregious abuse of energy,” stated Assistant Lawyer Basic Kristen Clarke for the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division. “These sentences clarify that nobody is above the regulation, and that when officers violate the civil rights of individuals underneath their supervision – by way of violence or obstruction – they are going to be held accountable.”


US Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC

US Assistant Lawyer Basic Kristen Clarke testifies earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Dirksen Senate Workplace Constructing in Washington, DC
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On Dec. 29, 2018, Sharpe advised Ford and Scott to assault an inmate whereas he was handcuffed, in accordance with a press launch. After escorting the inmate exterior, Scott and Ford “took the inmate to the bottom and struck him a number of instances within the physique” in retaliation for an earlier altercation between that inmate and a feminine officer on the jail.

Staten helped cowl up the assault, telling the officers to not file any report and never writing a report himself.

The incident wasn’t the primary time Sharpe assaulted a handcuffed inmate. He assaulted an inmate in September 2018, additionally in retaliation for an interplay with a feminine officer. Sharpe was sentenced for that assault on Wednesday as effectively.

Ford and Scott present “substantial help” to the federal government throughout the investigation, and authorities attorneys requested lesser sentences for them for his or her cooperation.


Federal District Courtroom Choose Hugh Lawson sentenced Sharpe to 48 months in jail; Staten to 14 months in jail; Scott to 12 months in jail; and Ford to 12 months and a day in jail for his or her respective roles.

The FBI and an area task-force-officer accomplice investigated the case.