3 white Georgia prison guards arrested for violent attack on black inmate

three prison guard An inmate at a county jail in Georgia has been charged with battery in a beating that was recorded by security cameras, sheriff’s officials announced Tuesday.

Camden County Sheriff’s Officers Mason Garrick, Braxton Massey and Ryan Bezal were arrested and jailed, the county sheriff’s office said in a news release. He was also accused of violating his oath of office.

It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

Security cameras recorded the guard repeatedly punching Jarrett Hobbs, a 41-year-old black man from North Carolina, in the head and neck in September. All three deputies charged are White, according to Camden County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Larry Bruce.

3 white Georgia prison guards arrested for violent attack on black inmate
In this screenshot taken from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video, and provided by attorney Harry Daniels, jailers beat inmate Jarrett Hobbs at the facility on Sept. 3, 2022, in Georgia.

Camden County (Georgia) Detention Center / Courtesy of attorney Harry Daniels via AP

Hobbs was booked into the Camden County Jail in coastal Georgia on Sept. 3 on charges of traffic violations and drug possession.

Security video from that night shows Hobbs standing alone in his cell before five guards barge in and surround him. At least three deputies can be seen landing punches before Hobbs is pulled from the cell and thrown against the wall.

A lawyer for Hobbs released video of the beating last week. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the next day that it was launching an investigation.

“I appreciate the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s assistance in assisting our agency with this important incident,” Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor said in a statement. “The arrest of these employees ends the criminal investigation and ends their employment with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.”

Two other sheriff’s employees are facing disciplinary action in the Sept. 3 incident, according to a sheriff’s news release.

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