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

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Four previous Ga correctional officers have been sentenced for their roles in beating a handcuffed inmate and then covering up the assault in 2018. 

Officers at the Valdosta State Jail orchestrated an assault of an inmate “in retaliation for an previously altercation in between that inmate and a female officer at the jail,” in accordance to the Office of Justice. 

Lt. Geary Staten, 31, Sgt. Patrick Sharpe, 30, and deputy correctional officers Brian Ford, 25, and Jamal Scott, 35, all participated in the plan to assault the inmate and preserve the attack mystery from supervisors. 

The U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Section of Justice in Washington, D.C.
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“These officers’ attempts to organize, execute, and then cover up a retaliatory assault on a handcuffed, compliant inmate are an egregious abuse of power,” explained Assistant Attorney Normal Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Legal rights Division. “These sentences make distinct that no a single is previously mentioned the law, and that when officers violate the civil rights of men and women less than their supervision – by means of violence or obstruction – they will be held accountable.”

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U.S. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. 

U.S. Assistant Lawyer General Kristen Clarke testifies right before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Place of work Making in Washington, D.C. 
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On Dec. 29, 2018, Sharpe told Ford and Scott to assault an inmate when he was handcuffed, according to a push release. Soon after escorting the inmate outside the house, Scott and Ford “took the inmate to the floor and struck him multiple situations in the physique” in retaliation for an previously altercation involving that inmate and a feminine officer at the jail.

Staten helped deal with up the assault, telling the officers not to file any report and not writing a report himself. 

The incident wasn’t the first time Sharpe assaulted a handcuffed inmate. He assaulted an inmate in September 2018, also in retaliation for an conversation with a feminine officer. Sharpe was sentenced for that assault on Wednesday as perfectly. 

Ford and Scott give “significant aid” to the governing administration during the investigation, and authorities attorneys requested lesser sentences for them for their cooperation. 

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Federal District Court Decide 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 working day in prison for their respective roles.

The FBI and a community undertaking-power-officer partner investigated the scenario. 

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