The Georgia Bureau of Investigations stated this week it would examine the beating of a captured detainee on Camden County jail camera after video of the incident showing multiple correction officers repeatedly punching a man circulated on Social media
The agency said it would conduct “an independent and thorough investigation” Officers and would use force submit its findings to the local district attorney’s office in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit. This announcement on Tuesday was the day after lawyers for the detainee released videos They show Jarrett Hobbs being held in his cell, surrounded by officers who repeatedly punch him in both the head and the face.
Mr. Hobbs’s lawyers have demanded that the officers involved in the beating be terminated and that the Justice Department launch an investigation into the incident, which occurred on September 3rd at the Camden County Jail Woodbine, Ga. Three videos and one audio were released by his counsel this week.
“These white officers were beating a Black man in the Deep South,” said Harry Daniels, one of Mr. Hobbs’s lawyers, adding that it was reminiscent of “old antebellum, Jim Crow” times.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the jail, said in a news release on Monday that it would investigate the incident and review all security camera footage from Mr. Hobbs’s time in the complex. According to the office, the videos were not a security camera footage. on Social media represented “a portion of an incident.”
The names of the officers involved will not be made public until the review is complete, the sheriff’s office said. James Bruce, a spokesman for the office said that five officers were in place on administrative duties.
Bakari Sellers (a former South Carolina state legislator who is also representing Mr. Hobbs) and Mr. Daniels addressed a news conference on Wednesday calling for the accountability of the officers involved. They said that the sheriff’s office should have “immediately” Instead of moving forward two months later, they conducted an investigation.
Mr. Hobbs, 41 years old, of Greensboro (N.C.), was sentenced to Camden County jail on Sept. 3rd through Sept. 30 for traffic offenses and possession with controlled substances.
Mr. Sellers stated in a statement, “The footage made it.” “absolutely clear that these officers beat Jarrett Hobbs like a dog for no reason other than they could.” He also stated that placing them in the right place would be a good idea. on Administrative duty was “not even close” To hold them accountable.
In all, the three videos show five officers entering Mr. Hobbs’s cell, grabbing his face and punching him in the head. The officers then drag Mr. Hobbs from his cell and push him against the wall. Although the audio is muffled and unclear, Hobbs seems to be asking why the guards are hitting Hobbs. He then screams.
In court documents filed in U.S. District Court in North Carolina, F.J. Carney, Mr. Hobbs’s probation officer, stated that Mr. Hobbs was kicking his cell’s door before the beating.
“Officer Carney testified that Defendant apparently continued this kicking, resulting in the jailers approaching him, giving him verbal commands and putting his hands behind his back,” The document says. According to the document, he told officers that he had not intended to violate the terms of the agreement and refused to comply.
Mr. Carney claimed that Mr. Hobbs was resistant to the guards, and punched one into the face and the other on According to the document, the guard was left with a bruised eye, a broken hand and a side view of the head.
He told his lawyers that he was having a mental crisis while incarcerated at the Camden County prison. He stated that he was trying avoid being dragged to the ground in relation to the Sept. 3, incident.
“He said, no matter what, he knew if he went to the ground he would be the next George Floyd, that he was going to die that day,” Mr. Daniels spoke.
Last week, a judge in North Carolina revoked Mr. Hobbs’s probation for violating the terms of his supervised release while also dismissing a violation related to the charges of battery, assault and obstruction on Mr. Daniels spoke on behalf of the Camden County Jail employees.
Mr. Hobbs is currently in Guilford County custody Jail North Carolina, Mr. Daniels was convicted of fraud in 2014.