Three employees of the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia have been arrested in connection with the beating of a black man who was being held at the Camden County Detention Center in September.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office have concluded separate investigations into the beating of 41-year-old Jarrett Hobbs.
“Mason Garrick, Braxton Massey and Ryan Biegel are charged with battery of an inmate and violation of the oath of office,” authorities said in a news release from the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office also fired Garrick, Massey and Biegel before their arrests.
All three were booked into the Camden County Public Safety Complex.
Two other employees face disciplinary action, the statement said.
Last week, Hobbs’ family and attorneys called for the five employees involved to be fired and charged and for the US Department of Justice to investigate the sheriff’s office.
“I appreciate the Georgia Bureau of Investigation helping our agency resolve this critical incident,” Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor said. “The arrest of these employees closes the criminal investigation.”
Biegel had been employed by the sheriff’s office for three years while Garrick had been with the agency 18 months and Massey had been employed there for six months.
Lawyers for Hobbs released two videos of the incident last week and shortly before a press conference they released a third video, with audio, which partially showed the altercation between Hobbs and the detention center workers. County. The video appears to be from the facility’s surveillance system and was obtained in a separate court proceeding in North Carolina involving Hobbs.
The first two videos, which have no sound, also appear to be from the prison’s surveillance system. The videos showed Hobbs alone in a cell at the detention center.
In one video, five employees can be seen entering Hobbs’ cell and one grabbing Hobbs by the neck. A struggle ensues inside the cell. Soon, at least four of the employees can be seen struggling with Hobbs, with some punching him in the head.
A second video released by Hobbs’ attorneys shows Hobbs exiting the cell and employees can be seen knocking him to the ground. The video appears to show at least one employee kicking Hobbs. Four of the five employees appear to be white; the other appears to be black.
A few seconds after the start of the third video, two loud detonations sound in the hallway of the prison. An employee who appears to be walking away from Hobbs’ cell turns around when the sounds are heard, then disappears around the corner near Hobbs’ cell, which is not visible in the photo.
Four employees are then seen walking towards Hobbs’ cell. The cell door opens and the employees and Hobbs reappear about 30 seconds later, tumbling down the hall. A loud moan is heard.
Although much of the audio is muffled and indistinguishable, an employee can be heard shouting “stop resisting.” Hobbs yells, “Dude, I’m sitting down, y’all stop…” as the employees crowd around him in an attempt to restrain him.
At one point, an employee asks Hobbs to “give us the other hand”.
Hobbs responds by shouting, “How the hell am I on one leg…”
As the employees struggled to restrain Hobbs, one of them is heard saying “let go”. He is followed by Hobbs and the employees who come and go about something in his hand. Hobbs says, “it’s paper” just before the employees take control of Hobbs and place him in a restraint chair in his cell.
About eight minutes later, the video shows at least three employees engaging with Hobbs after removing him from his cell while he was still restrained in the chair. In the silent video, it appears that they are talking with Hobbs; an employee checks his restraints before putting him back in the cell.
Hobbs violated his probation in a federal case in North Carolina while in Georgia, where he was charged with speeding, driving with a revoked or suspended license and possession of a controlled substance, the official said. civil rights lawyer Harry Daniels, who represents Hobbs. the week.
In North Carolina court papers about the revocation of his probation, his probation officer, FJ Carney, who was not present at the Georgia detention center, recounted the events at the Camden County Jail.
“While the defendant was in custody at the (sheriff’s office) compound in Woodbine, Georgia, the jailers heard a loud noise coming from the defendant’s holding cell. The defendant allegedly kicked his cell door and the jailers allegedly told him to stop after he had already been warned to stop before,” the court document states.
“Officer Carney testified that the defendant apparently continued to kick, which caused the jailers to approach him, giving him verbal orders and putting his hands behind his back. However, the Accused reportedly did not comply and responded to the jailers by saying “I don’t do shit”. After the jailers allegedly continued to give him orders and approached him, the accused tensed, moved away and a physical altercation between the accused and the jailers ensued,” the document continued.
“According to Constable Carney, the accused resisted the jailers and then punched a deputy in the face while punching another deputy in the side of the head. A deputy suffered a bruised eye and a broken hand as a result of the incident Officer Carney noted that the report stated that the accused was struck in the head by one of the correctional officers, although Officer Carney was unaware of the exact sequence of events” , did he declare.
Earlier this month, in a final hearing, a federal judge revoked his probation, but dismissed a violation related to the arrest and charges of battery, assault and obstruction against the employees. from the Camden County jail, alleged by Carney. Hobbs admitted three other offenses for traffic violations, drug possession and failure to inform his probation officer about the trip, according to federal court records.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said through a spokesperson that it “does not discuss ongoing investigations or whether they exist.”
Hobbs is still being held in North Carolina, his attorney said. “He fights every day,” he said at the press conference.