New York — An attorney in Georgia are calling for a criminal investigation after video showed police officers attacking a black man.
Attorneys for the victim released the footage of the incident inside a Camden County, Georgia, jail.
The video showed a man in a small cell as police ran in and started to grab him. They pin him against the wall and then one of the officials starts punching the victim in the back of the neck. The other police then join in and start hitting the victim and grabbing his arms. There were several police officers trying to control the subject when the attack started.
Officers then took the suspect out of the cell and threw him against the wall where they continued to hit him and knee him as he was on the ground.
The inmate was identified as 41-year-old Jarrett Hobbs.
“This video is undeniable and the deputies’ actions are inexcusable,” said civil rights attorney Harry Daniels who represents Hobbs. “Mr. Hobbs entered the Camden County Jail suffering a psychological episode and asking to be placed in protective confinement. But instead of protecting him, these deputies jumped him and beat and kicked him mercilessly like a gang of dangerous thugs.”
Attorneys said Hobbs was denied medical treatment in the September episode.
He was in jail on several non-violent offenses and was being held in protective confinement due to a psychological episode.
“This wasn’t some arrest that got out of hand or a judgment call made out of fear for your life,” Daniels explained. “This was targeted gang violence pure and simple. It just so happens that the gang members were wearing badges and we’re calling on the District Attorney to bring charges immediately.”
TMX contributed to this report.
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