Georgia Sheriff’s Department officials arrested and charged with beating an inmate

Three employees at a Georgia detention center have been arrested in connection with the beating of a 41-year-old inmate.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Corporal Corrections Officer Mason Garrick, Deputy Braxton Massey and Deputy Ryan Biegel have been charged with assaulting an inmate and violating the oath of office following an investigation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

“This video is undeniable and the actions of MPs are inexcusable,” attorney Harry Daniels said in a statement. “Mr. Hobbs entered the Camden County Jail suffering from a mental episode and asked to be placed in protective custody. But instead of protecting him, these MPs jumped on him and mercilessly punched and kicked him…”

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In this screenshot from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video provided by attorney Harry Daniels, prison guards beat inmate Jarrett Hobbs at the Georgia facility on September 3, 2022.
(Camden County Detention Center/Courtesy of Attorney Harry Daniels via AP)

Shocking security video shows Jarrett Hobbs, a 41-year-old black man from North Carolina, standing alone in his cell before five guards rush in and surround him. At least three deputies land punches before Hobbs is dragged out of the cell and thrown against a wall.

“Under no circumstances should anyone be hit like this man was hit,” Daniels told reporters. “I don’t care what he did. I don’t care if he smashed the damn door down. You don’t hit someone like that.”

Hobbs was booked into the Camden County Jail on the Georgia coast on September 3 for traffic violations and drug possession.

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Additional footage shows a deputy seemingly strapping Hobbs into a holding chair after the beating and failing to provide medical assistance.

A deputy grabs Hobbs in this screenshot from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video provided by attorney Harry Daniels.
(Camden County Detention Center/Courtesy of Attorney Harry Daniels via AP)

“Braxton Massey has served in the sheriff’s office for 6 months, Mason Garrick for 18 months and Ryan Biegel for 3 years,” a press release said. “All three were booked into the Camden County Public Safety Complex. The Sheriff’s Office internal investigation terminated her employment with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office prior to the arrest.”

Deputies can be seen throwing punches at Hobbs in this screenshot from Camden County Detention Center surveillance video provided by attorney Harry Daniels.
(Camden County Detention Center/Courtesy of Attorney Harry Daniels via AP)

The sheriff’s office said two other employees involved face disciplinary action based on the findings of the internal investigation.

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On Monday, Hobbs’ attorney released a letter sent to the Justice Department, urging the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to investigate whether the caning was racially motivated as a hate crime.

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